SALAMANCA – Help is on the way from Albany for the financially strapped city government, thanks to a 30-day amendment to the executive budget announced Thursday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
Under the amendment, the state will make up for the $2.5 million that the Seneca Nation of Indians should be paying Salamanca this year from slot machine receipts at the Seneca Allegany Casino. The money, which covers nearly 40 percent of the city budget, will be transferred from the state’s general fund to the Tribal State Compact account.
The Senecas have withheld payments to Salamanca, Niagara Falls and Buffalo since 2010 in a dispute with the state over the installation of video gambling machines at racetracks.