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LEGISLATURE VOTES TO SUE OVER CASINO REVENUES

The Niagara County Legislature voted 14-4 Tuesday to sue the state to obtain part of the local share of Seneca Niagara Casino revenues for county use.

At present, the entire local share goes to the City of Niagara Falls, which gives some of it to other agencies, such as the Niagara Falls International Airport and the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp.

The legal argument is over whether Niagara County can be considered a "host community" in the eyes of the law. "We're asking the court to interpret a statute," said the sponsor, Legislator Richard E. Updegrove, R-Lockport.

"I think we're better off going after the state's share," said Legislator Renae Kimble, who voted against the measure along with all the other Niagara Falls legislators except Rebecca E. Cuddahee, who was absent.

Updegrove said there had been negotiations with the city. "We haven't reached a resolution at this point. That doesn't mean we won't reach a resolution," he said.

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