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STATE SET TO GET SHARE OF CASINOS' REVENUES

The Seneca Nation's Tribal Council has authorized nation President Barry E. Snyder Sr. to pay the state its share of revenues from the tribe's two casinos for 2004.

A date for the release of the payment, estimated at $57 million, has not been set and will require further authorization from the council, according to a statement from Snyder's office on Friday.

The nation does not consider the payment late because it was awaiting completion of an audit of the casinos in Niagara Falls and Salamanca.

"There is no set date for release of the payment according to our compact between the nation and New York State. We needed to have an audit completed to make sure the amount was accurate," a spokesman for Snyder said.

The check will be issued in the near future, the spokesman said.

The total state share, 18 percent of the net slot revenue from both casinos, is about $57.1 million. Of that, about $44.8 million will come from the Niagara Falls casino.

The local share of revenue to Niagara Falls, 25 percent of the state's share, is about $11.2 million. That's lower than the $12.5 million expected by city officials but more than 2003's $9.5 million.

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