Del Lago Resort & Casino is mere minutes away from the Cayuga County line. Many of the Seneca County gaming facility’s employees reside in Cayuga County. And there’s a fair number of patrons from Cayuga County who visit the resort, which is 16 miles away from downtown Auburn.
Despite the county’s close proximity to del Lago, it does not receive a share of the casino’s pre-tax revenue. The reason for that is a 2013 agreement between the state and Oneida Indian Nation.
More than four years ago, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Oneida Nation Representative Ray Halbritter announced a landmark pact between the state and tribe. An important piece of that agreement was the establishment of an exclusive gaming zone for the Oneidas in central New York.
The zone is comprised of Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Otsego counties.