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SALAMANCA ã The drinks are flowing again at the Seneca Allegany Casino.

The Seneca Nation-owned casino, which opened on May 1, had received a round of one-day liquor licenses through May 28. But since then, the free drinks served at the casino have been limited to sodas and iced tea.

On Thursday, casino manager Brian Hansbury said a 20-day liquor license came into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

A permanent liquor license is expected to be issued when the temporary license expires on August 31, Mr Hansbury said.

The casino offers Las Vegas-style games and high-stakes bingo. The 122,000 square foot facility offers 1,700 reel and video slot machines as well as gaming tables for blackjack, craps, Spanish 21 and three card poker.

State Liquor Authority spokesman Thomas McKeon said in June that the Seneca Allegany casino’s liquor license was on hold and under review.

Meanwhile, Cattaraugus County Deputy Sheriff Dennis John released a statement Thursday denying reports that the casino’s liquor license was suspended due to turf wars between the sheriff’s department and the police. New York State.

“For the record, there is no turf war between the sheriff’s office and the New York State Police,” Deputy John said. ßOur agencies have excellent working relationships. The Sheriff’s Office and State Police have worked very hard to forge a partnership that provides Cattaraugus County residents with the best possible law enforcement coverage.

In April, Cattaraugus County lawmakers agreed to provide law enforcement services to the new casino for three years at $640,000 per year.

Twelve full-time assistants and three part-time assistants have been hired to fulfill this agreement. Two plainclothes officers are inside the casino and one uniformed officer is in a patrol car outside the casino 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

At the time, Sheriff Ernest Dustman said, “I think it’s the right thing to do. This is a real positive step between the county, the Seneca Nation and the sheriff’s department. I hope this is just the start.

When the State Liquor Authority stopped issuing one-day liquor licenses for the casino at the end of May, Mr McKeon, the spokesman, said the one-day licenses were not meant to last forever .

Others, however, including Cattaraugus County Legislative Speaker Gerard ßJessà Fitzpatrick, R-Ellicottville, suggested that SenecasÞ’s liquor license was suspended because the Nation had not contracted for the state police in charge of law enforcement at the casino.

Last month, Seneca President Rickey Armstrong Sr. said, “It seems to us that New York State is using our liquor license application as a leverage tool to ‘put us in our shoes’ or to deny approval in order to maintain some sort of check on us to try and get their way.

In a letter to members of the Seneca Nation posted on the NationÞs website, President Armstrong wrote, “New York is trying to use the liquor license suspension to get us to acquiesce to another issue. , that of authorizing state troopers as our law enforcement authority. in casinos. The pact says we can choose our own law enforcement, and we chose the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department for the Seneca Allegany casino, and New York doesn’t like our choice.

“We chose another agency, other than the New York State Troopers (due to long standing bad blood between us and the Troopers), and the State doesn’t like their boys not being not the captains at the helm,” he wrote.

The Times Herald phoned Governor Pataki’s press office this morning for comment on President Armstrong’s statement, but did not receive a response by the press deadline.

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