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Seneca Nation to work with Flaum on gaming, hospitality development

By ANDREA DECKERT - 8/20/2013 4:43:21 PM

The Seneca Nation of Indians announced Tuesday a deal with a local development company to determine if a gaming and hospitality venue would work in Henrietta.

It has retained Flaum Rochester LLC, a subsidiary of Flaum Management Co., to organize and coordinate gaming and hospitality development in the town, the Seneca Nation said.

“The Seneca Nation is interested in looking for opportunities to grow and complement our gaming operations,” said Seneca Nation president Barry Snyder, in a statement. “David Flaum and his team have a proven track record and we see this as a good fit.”

Seneca Nation spokesperson Susan Asquith said it is too early in the process to say what type of facility the Seneca Nation may develop or where it could be located in Henrietta. Those are topics the Seneca Nation will address with Flaum and determine the best route going forward, she said.

David Flaum, Flaum Management CEO, said he is impressed with the Seneca Nation’s ability to create partnerships that grow a region’s economy and create jobs. Flaum has worked with the Seneca Nation in the past in an effort to build a casino in the Rochester area and in the Catskills.

“I’m profoundly grateful to the Seneca Nation and am looking forward to assisting them in their plans for economic development and job creation,” Flaum told the Rochester Business Journal.

Several years ago, mall developer Thomas Wilmot expressed interest in building a casino in downtown Rochester.

The Seneca Nation operates casinos in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Salamanca, with exclusivity rights that include Rochester and Ontario County.

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