Seneca Nation President Rickey Armstrong Sr. May 17, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Seneca Nation claims "political revenge" for I-90 conditions

Crumbling condition of Thruway in Seneca Nation blamed on outside issues

August 03, 2019 - 10:53 am

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Seneca Nation President Rickey Armstrong, Sr. renewed criticism of the Cuomo Administration is response to the deteriorating conditions of I-90 through the soverign territory.

"There is only one simple reason that the State has continually refused to honor its obligation to repair the portion of Thruway that crosses our Cattaraugus Territory: political revenge," Armstrong said in a statement. "The Seneca Nation has routinely approved resolutions for routine maintenance on this stretch of Thruway. Anyone who has driven on this state roadway knows that it requires far more than routine maintenance. Rather than protect the safety of the traveling public, the Governor would rather try to exact some sort of political revenge against the Seneca Nation for an issue unrelated to the crumbling condition of the Thruway. This behavior is misguided and dangerous for the thousands of drivers who place their safety in the State's hands each day they travel the New York State Thruway.".

Seneca Nation released this statement in response to Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul's comments on Friday about the issues on I-90.

"What's fair is fair," Hochul said. "They went through the process that they agreed to, which is to have a three-person arbitration panel to weigh all the evidence and look at both sides and come up with a resolution. The resolution and decision was that the Seneca Nation owes the State of New York over $200 million and upwards of $250 million."

Armstrong was not available for media interviews.

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