As most of you know by now, the Seneca Nation of Indians plans its groundbreaking ceremony for its proposed casino in the heart of Buffalo’s historic Cobblestone District on Thursday, December 8, at 10:30 a.m. According to the Buffalo News, the groundbreaking will take the form of a wrecking ball swung at the HO Oats grain elevator and mill at Marvin and Fulton Streets. The HO complex is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, and as such its destruction would violate state and federal preservation laws.
Showing his usual disdain for the concerns and welfare of ordinary citizens, and for the laws he is sworn to uphold, the Governor is expected to participate in this ceremony. What can you expect from the leader of a government that recently announced its intent to use its eminent domain powers to evict homeowners and businesses from their Niagara Falls properties to make them available for expansion of the Seneca Niagara Casino complex?
Well, we plan to be on hand as well — 10:00 on Thursday at the corner of Marvin and Fulton Streets — to protest this symbolic act of demolition with an informational picket. Afterwards, we will hand out leaflets at downtown locations to be announced later. Please try to JOIN US if you possibly can.
Help by attending the protest on Thursday at 10 AM and/or calling our state legislators to regisiter your disapproval:
Brian Higgins, 716-852-3501
Louise Slaughter, 716-853-5813
Thomas Reynolds, 716-634-2324
Hillary Clinton, 716-854-9725
Charles Schumer, 716-846-4111
This is very important. The Cobblestone District can become a very vibrant and unique urban neighborhood like The Pearl in Portland or SoMa in SF. We don’t need an antiseptic suburban oasis downtown! And a casino is bad news for Buffalo – they should be in NF where they logically belong.