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How the revenue from Seneca slots used to flow to cities

When the Seneca Nation last made full payments of slot machine profits in 2016, the money went to Albany and then was passed on to the cities of Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Salamanca. The state kept 75 percent and transferred 25 percent to the cities. Each city received money derived only from the casino in their city.

• Buffalo received $7,026,041 in 2016 and did not have to share it.

• Salamanca received $5,479,606 in 2016 and made a side deal to share 25 percent of that with Cattaraugus County.

• Niagara Falls received $16,794,680 in 2016, but it was required by law to share with other entities:

  • The Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp., now Destination Niagara USA, received 7 percent, or $1,175,627.
  • The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority received $1 million for use at Niagara Falls International Airport.
  • The Niagara Falls Board of Education and Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center received $750,000 each.
  • The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center received $200,000.
  • The Niagara Falls Housing Authority, Mount St. Mary's Hospital Neighborhood Health Center and the Western New York First Response and Preparedness Center received $50,000 each.
  • Also, in a side deal, the city paid $1.5 million to USA Niagara Development Corp. to subsidize the Conference Center Niagara Falls.
  • Niagara Falls was left with $11,269,053 to spend.

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