“Picente and Halbritter know we have the best model for our casino in our zone, and it will rival theirs someday,” he said. “They just don’t want it to happen.”But Mr. Picente said
that the placement of a casino in Tyre goes against the intent of the Oneidas’ exclusivity agreement with the state, even though Tyre is just outside the Nation’s exclusivity zone.The agreement is the agreement. If Tyre is outside the Oneida Nation exclusivity zone, then it is a legal location. Is Mr. Picente afraid of a little competition?
Now these same top officials in two counties battle over Turning Stone's planned luxury retail center.
Is Mr. Hayssen afraid of a little competition?
You have to love the spectacle of Government types (both Hayssen and Picente) battling over "their" piece of the "pie."
But the problem is neither Turning Stone nor Tyre. Rather, the problem is with how Government (State, Federal and Local) allows certain entities (such as Turning Stone) to operate free from the rules that everyone else has to live by.
It is cronyism that WE THE PEOPLE wind up paying for . . . sometimes in subtle ways . . . like Utica area sewer users funding sewers for uncommitted nanotech companies . . . and Utica area water users funding a pipeline to Verona for Turning Stone.
WE THE PEOPLE need to put a stop to cronyism by getting rid of the government officials who engage in it.