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Letter: Many workers have benefited from Seneca Nation projects

Many workers have benefited from Seneca Nation projects

Regardless of the recent developments between the Seneca Nation of Indians and New York State, what I can personally attest to is the economic benefit the Seneca Nation has had for all of Western New York.

For 14 years, the Seneca Nation has constructed numerous buildings, such as the Seneca Niagara, Buffalo Creek and Seneca Allegany Casinos and Hotels, schools, health care facilities, fire halls, water treatment plants, sports complexes and community centers. The permanent construction jobs these projects have sustained cannot be overlooked. There are over 12,000 union construction building trades members in Western New York – bricklayers, electricians and ironworkers, just to name a few.

These critical projects provided health care benefits, pensions, annuities and apprenticeship opportunities for union members. The numerous hours that were worked on these projects allowed these people the ability to earn wages to afford homes, cars, soccer shoes and dance outfits as well as college tuition for their families.

In a time when our region struggled economically, these projects provided stability for hardworking men and women. Imagine the businesses that benefited from the local workers on these projects.

I applaud Seneca Nation President Todd Gates’ commitment to partner with the communities of Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Salamanca to make sure this investment in people’s lives doesn’t cease. The Seneca Nation has always been a valuable and committed partner for the economic impact of Western New York and that is something we can build on.

Rick Williamson

Secretary/Treasurer, Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Local 3 NY

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