posted on February 19, 2014 07:27
Western Regional Off-Track Betting, the owner of Batavia Downs, has filed an ethics complaint against the Seneca Nation of Indians over the Seneca’s plans for a casino near Rochester.
The complaint contends there are violations of the state’s lobbying law by the Seneca’s and casino developer David Flaum.
OTB CEO Michael Nolan wants the state Joint Commission on Ethics to look into it:
“There is evidence strongly suggesting that Flaum and Flaum Rochester are lobbying on behalf of the Seneca Nation and the SGC,” Nolan said.
Flaum and the Senecas are looking to build a full-service casino in Henrietta.
Several Western New York municipalities, including Genesee County and the City of Batavia, have formally opposed it in an effort to protect Batavia Downs.
The Senecas run three Las Vegas-style casinos in WNY.
Any Seneca Henrietta casino would need state and federal approval.
New York State has agreed to pick-up almost 20 percent of the cost of a new terminal at the Genesee County Airport.
The state has approved a one-million dollar grant for the project.
The total price tag is about 5 and a half million.
The new terminal will improve security and safety at the airport by creating a larger buffer area between the runway and terminal buildings.
The owner of a home at Suicide Corners in East Bethany says it’s was just bad luck a tractor –trailer crashed into his house.
Tom Douglas said he was sleeping upstairs early Monday morning when all heck broke loose:
“We just heard a big bang, a big smash,” he said. “It didn’t sound like a car wreck and the house shook a lot. We just jumped up. I thought a part of the tree came down since it was windy last night. Then I came out, came to the front window and I could see the tractor trailer. I could see car lights in the yard and it’s like, ‘Oh crap, here we go.’”
Douglas says it was the second time his house has been hit.
A 10 by 10 foot hole was ripped into the Douglas home.
No one was injured.
Suicide Corners is the intersection of Route 20 and East Road.
The State DOT wanted to install a round-about at the intersection but after residents complained, the DOT decided to install more prominent signage.
Two Livingston County men are facing charges after police say they were found growing illegal psychedelic mushrooms.
Deputies say Byron Buza and Corey Rennie-Christensen were also found in possession of more than a pound of marijuana in the town of Springwater.
The Sheriff's Office says more charges are expected as the investigation continues.
A woman in the Erie County Town of Boston is facing charges after she allegedly ran her boyfriend over with her car during an argument. State Police say 51-year-old Lisa Snyder tried to drive away from the argument scene and ran over her boyfriends leg.
Troopers say Snyder showed signs of being drunk, and later failed field sobriety tests.