Madison County approve NY casino deal

Posted at: 05/30/2013 11:55 AM
By: Associated Press

Elected officials in a second central New York county have approved a state-brokered agreement with the Oneida Indians involving land claims and gambling rights.

The Madison County Board of Supervisors on Thursday approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recently announced deal between the Oneida Indian Nation and New York state.

The Board of Legislators in neighboring Oneida County voted for the agreement Tuesday.

Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter says he looks forward to working with the counties and the state.

The agreement signed on May 16 gives the Oneidas exclusive territory for their Turning Stone casino in exchange for revenue payments to the state of around $50 million annually. Oneida and Madison county would get a cut of the state's share.

The Oneidas deal settles the tribe's longstanding land claims in the two counties.