The Seneca Nation launched a new ad campaign criticizing Governor Huchel’s plans to use casino revenue for a new Buffalo Bills stadium. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
Questioning Huchel’s plans
The New York-based Seneca Nation tribe has launched an ad campaign to criticize the state government’s use of casino funds. The organization is spending tens of thousands of dollars on the radio and TV ad campaign, which targets Governor Kathy Hochul over her plan to use Seneca Casino revenue to help build a new stadium for the Buffalo Bills of the NFL.
plans to use the money to build an NFL stadium
Television commercials focus solely on the Buffalo market, with radio commercials targeting certain areas of upstate New York. According to radio ads, the state government recently received hundreds of millions of dollars from the tribe, and instead of using those funds to help build hospitals, repair roads and support education, the governor plans to use the money to build an NFL. Stadium.
The ads say the tribe are football fans, “but with soaring inflations and stretched budgets, donating for the NFL which makes billions of dollars in profits every year is the wrong way to use that money.” .
A potential conflict
Responding to the news of the funding decision, Seneca Nation President Matthew Pagels said, “In one breath, the hostile and brazen greed of New York was exposed to the world.”
the governor has a conflict of interest
As reported by Spectrum News 1, another aspect of the tribe’s publicity campaign focuses on an ethics complaint filed against Governor Hochul. The ad describes how the governor has a conflict of interest because her husband is a senior executive at a corporate partner of the Bills. As a result, he stands to earn millions of dollars from the sale of concessions in the planned stadium.
In response to the allegations, Hochul confirmed that her husband’s company, Delaware North, has no role in the stadium negotiations. She also claimed that the company had no guarantee that it would continue to work with the Buffalo Bills in the future.
The bad blood remains
The Seneca Nation is in a long-running battle with the state over the payment of casino revenue. The tribe believed it no longer had to make revenue-sharing payments after the previous state-tribal pact ended in 2016, when the state disagreed. After several court rulings and an arbitration panel on the state side, the tribe agreed earlier this year to finally remit the payments.
Seneca Nation operates casinos in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Salamanca. The previous pact required the Senecas to pay 25% of slot machine revenue to the state.
After the tribe missed a state-mandated deadline to return the money, the state froze numerous Seneca Nation corporate bank accounts last month. This decision resulted in the tribe sending approximately $565 million in arrears to the state.
Just days after receiving the money from the Senecas, Governor Hochul announced her intention to use the funds for a $600 million share in the $1.4 billion Bills Stadium project in her hometown.