Michael LoCurto

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Poverty/Income Inequality


The Seneca Gaming Corporation promised the City of Buffalo, in a legally binding contract, that it would construct a tourist destination casino in a park-like setting, market it to out-of-town visitors, and employ large numbers of Buffalonians. However, the idea of a tourist casino in downtown Buffalo was never realistic. The SGC has violated nearly every term in its contract, showing blatant disregard for the City, and its current plans reveal the casino for what it was always destined to be: an urban “convenience” casino located in one of the poorest sections of one of the poorest cities in the nation, drawing almost entirely from local residents, and destroying far more jobs at local businesses than it creates. The costs to the City from this broken contract dramatically outweigh the benefits.