It is well established in federal law that Indian Tribes exercise civil regulatory jurisdiction over roadways that traverse sovereign reservation lands.
Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s administration has long ignored necessary Thruway repairs along the Interstate 90 as it traverses the Seneca Nation’s Cattaraugus Territory. The deteriorating conditions along the roadway pose a danger to public safety. A similar dispute brewed for years along Interstate 86, where it traverses the Nation’s Allegany Territory. Both roadways are heavily traveled trucking routes between the midwest and east coast.
Now the Seneca Tribal Council is being encouraged to exercise eminent domain in revoking the easement that allows both roadways to operate on sovereign land. Doing so would allow the Nation to construct toll booths and large commercial service plazas — equipped with gasoline retailers, restauranteurs, two-star hotels, and truck-related services — along the lucrative highways.
By assuming responsibility for the roadway, the Seneca Nation would assume responsibility for maintaining the roadway. There’s little doubt that a toll would generate many times more money than the road’s maintenance cost over time — with or without eventual access to federal highway monies generated by the gasoline tax (which would require considerable intergovernmental affairs work to secure from the Federal Highway Administration).
With the Senecas maintaining the road with their own Highway Department, they will be able to address repair needs immediately, without having to engage with the State’s slow-moving bureaucracy.
Truck drivers traveling along both roadways are a key target market for Seneca One Stop‘s growth strategy. By providing all the accommodations, food, and entertainment amenities that a truck driver might need, with gaming options nearby, the Nation could monetize the roadway in a way that is doesn’t today.
The strategy could also generate hundreds of jobs on both reservations, and the influx of cash from the toll receipts could improve the Nation’s liquidity position and jumpstart the Seneca economy.
Do it. Andrew Cuomo is the absolute worst!!
Do it! Beat Cuomo at his own game!!
The Thruway then better give us a discount for driving on it, since we’ve been paying a toll to drive on a chunk of road they don’t own and are not maintaining. I have no problem with the Senecas, and a big problem with NYS taking money for a specified purpose and then not doing it. This is only one example by the way.
HE DIDN’T READ THE AGREEMENT BEFORE SIGNING IT? BS! IF HE’S THAT STUPID HE DOESN’T DESERVBE TO BE GOVERNOR, POOR EXCUSE TO BE AN ASS.
How long has the Thruway been there, and now the Seneca s want to press the issue, I think it’s time the state shut all access down to there casinos, it’s give a little both ways !!
Sounds like you don’t know what your talking about. The people will find a way to come gamble . How you guys gonna pay to keep watch so people can’t access our casinos?