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New York State and the Seneca Indian Nation kiss and make-up and end their dispute over casino revenues.
The agreement, reached last night, will mean some changes at Batavia Downs.
The state will now recognize the Seneca’s exclusive territory in Western New York and the Senecas will release $400-million of the $600-million they have been withholding in casino revenue.
The Seneca’s agree to allow video lottery games to remain at racetracks in Batavia, Hamburg and the Finger Lakes..but, those facilities can not be called casinos.
The change in the way Batavia Downs will market itself is actually a return to how the facility was designated when it opened nine years ago.
The Downs was referred to as a “racino” and the slot machines were called, VLT’s.
The deal also prohibits the Downs from installing electronic tables games, something they had hoped to do.

A company from Erie County will hire 150 of the workers losing their jobs at the JP Morgan Chase mortgage center in Albion. 
AMS Servicing will be part of a job fair at Chase on June 26 and June 28.
Chase told its employees last week it will shut down the mortgage servicing business in Albion, and will lay off about 400 employees in September.

State lawmakers are expected to restore 90-million dollars in aid for persons with developmental disabilities.
That funding was cut in March as part of the state budget and instead was earmarked for promoting movie production in the State.
130-thousand people with developmental disabilities statewide would have been affected by the budget cut.
Locally, the Genesee ARC would have suffered severe cutbacks in funding.

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is not only splitting up his company; he's also splitting up his marriage.  
"The New York Times" says Murdoch filed for divorce from his third wife yesterday.  
The couple has been married since 1999.  
The split comes as News Corp finalizes the spin-off of its publishing assets, including the Wall Street Journal, into a separately traded company.  
Rupert Murdoch is 82.
 

 

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