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Seneca Nation pays NYS $564M, state says funds will go towards new Bills stadium

New York State has received $564 million from the Seneca Nation to resolve a gaming compact dispute.

The Seneca Nation Council approved the transfer of funds in a vote on Monday afternoon, according to WGRZ. That same day, Governor Kathy Hochul announced her plan to put the state’s portion of the money towards the new Buffalo Bills stadium.

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The total estimated cost for the new Buffalo Bills stadium is $1.35 billion. State and county taxpayers will commit $850 million in public funds to the project, the largest ever public commitment to an NFL facility, according to News10 NBC.

Out of the Seneca Nation’s $564 million payment, $418 million will go to the state. The rest of the funds will go to counties and cities in western New York. The $418 million payment to the state will go towards the new Bills stadium.

Seneca Nation President Matthew Pagels has remained critical of what he calls New York State “intentionally attempt[ing] to hold the Seneca people and thousands of Western New Yorkers hostage” through “economic coercion,” a reference to a subpoena from the state that prevented the Senecas from conducting banking transactions.

You can listen to Pagels’ full statement here.