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Akwesasne Mohawk casino. Photo: David Sommerstein
Akwesasne Mohawk casino. Photo: David Sommerstein

St. Lawrence, Franklin counties receive revenues withheld by tribe

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The Watertown Daily Times reports this morning that St. Lawrence and Franklin counties each received $1.8 million yesterday, gambling revenue withheld by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe in a dispute with NY state.

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The money is the counties’ share of money withheld by the tribe since 2010. The Mohawks had said the state wasn’t honoring its exclusive right to gaming in the region.

Gov. Cuomo reached a series of agreements with tribes in the state this spring, as he paved the way for expansion of casino gambling in the state. The administration agreed that no new casinos would be sited in the area claimed by the Mohawks.

The towns of Massena, Brasher, Bombay and Fort Covington will each get a share of the money. The Times reports the transfer of funds was made Tuesday afternoon.

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