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Cattaraugus County Legislature Chairman Gerard "Jess" Fitzpatrick, R-Ellicottville, said that a deal has been reached with City of Salamanca officials to split a portion of the proceeds of the Seneca-Allegany Casino slot machine revenues.

The city would receive 75 percent and the county 25 percent of the portion of the slot proceeds left over after other obligations are met. The payments will be distributed by the State of New York under its contract with the Seneca Nation of Indians. That contract provides a share for the state that will expand from 15 percent to 25 percent of the slot revenues over the next few years.

That money must first be used to pay tax abatements on exempt properties due the Salamanca School District, the City of Salamanca and the county and for the cost of city infrastructure built to support the casino. The county may also be in line for some cost of social programs for counseling habitual gamblers. The remainder will then be split by the county and the city.

Fitzpatrick said the city is expected to ratify the terms in a Council meeting this week but the Legislature will probably finalize the contract in its Dec. 8 open session.

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