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New York gambling tribes mistrusftul of Cuomo's amendment push

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Courtesy of the Governor's office.

During his State of the State speech in January, Governor Andrew Cuomo said New Yorkers were living in a “state of denial” when it comes to “gaming” (or what most people consider gambling) in New York State.

“It is not a question of whether or not we should have gaming in this state; we have gaming in the state of New York,” the Governor said. “We have tribal casinos all across the state. We have racinos all across the state. We don't realize it. We don't regulate it. We don't capitalize on it. But we have gaming."

The answer, Cuomo says, is to change the constitution of the state to make gambling legal. He’s asked the legislature to support a plan that could see the proposal before voters as early as next year.

But the two largest tribal gaming nations in New York, the Senecas and Oneidas, say they have been shut out of the discussion about the future of gambling in New York. Neither nation says the Governor has said or done anything so far to allay fears that they could—once again—be on the losing end of state policy.

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'The Capitol Pressroom' with Susan Arbetter

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Today on "The Capitol Pressroom":

Yesterday wasn't about love, but today is. Sort of.

We start with fisticuffs. John Kane of “Let’s Talk Native” radio joins us with another perspective on the fracas that Senator Mark Grisanti was involved in over the weekend at the Seneca Niagara Casino.

Then, the love of the arts.

It's Arts Advocacy Day here at the Capitol. Actors, dancers, storytellers, museum curators, painters, sculptors all converge on Albany to lobby for the arts as both a valuable economic development tool as well as an educational one. We will spend time with Steven Kern, Executive Director at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse.

Then, Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill graces the plywood hut. As the Producing Artistic Director of the Capital Repertory Theater, she struggled to keep the critically acclaimed equity stage afloat. But after the Wall Street meltdown, the arts took it on the chin. Maggie had to choose between selling out, giving up, or agreeing to allow another, larger, organization to step in and help. She took a leap of faith and it paid off. She'll share her story on today's Capitol Pressroom.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos will be in the studio to discuss the date of the legislative primary as well as his relationship with Governor.

For show archives, please visit The Capitol Bureau's website here.

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Senator Grisanti back on the job after fracas in Niagra Falls

Monday, February 13, 2012

By Karen DeWitt, New York State Public Radio Capital Bureau Chief

Grisanti back at work today, looking none the worse for wear. (Karen DeWitt / New York State Public Radio)

A State Senator from Western New York was back at work at the State Capitol Monday, following an incident over the weekend at a Niagara Falls Indian Casino where he and his wife were involved in a fight.

Senator Mark Grisanti, a Republican from the Buffalo area, says he tried to quell an argument between two tribe members at the bar of the Seneca Nation casino in downtown Niagara Falls following a diabetes fundraiser, when one of the men attacked him. A fracas ensued, and Grisanti’s wife was beaten by two women, suffering a concussion and other injuries.

Now, one of the women accused in a police report of attacking Maria Grisanti, says the Senator punched her husband as he left the casino, following the fight. Grisanti denies the accusation, and says the only people he may have hit were those holding him back from rescuing his wife.

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