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Barry E. Snyder Sr., president of the Seneca Nation, said Buffalo Mayor Anthony M. Masiello's decision not to seek a fourth term bodes well for a new casino in the city.

"New leadership is going to take the reins. They're going to have to be more forthright with the Senecas," he said, then joked, "Maybe it's time to deal with the business people in Buffalo. Maybe they might be a bit easier to deal with. They understand."

The Senecas are in the process of choosing a site somewhere in Buffalo to build their third casino. The nation has not yet decided how big the casino will be, whether it will include a hotel like its casinos in Niagara Falls and Salamanca, or whether the site should be downtown, Snyder said.

"We want to make sure that this (new) casino doesn't falter," or take too many customers away from the nation's existing gaming sites, Snyder said.

Masiello had insisted the new casino be built downtown.

The Senecas will announce a Buffalo site by the end of the year, Snyder said.

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