Bill Johnson, CEO of SCI, has joined forces with the No More Casino Coalition to prevent the Seneca Nation of Indians from expanding into Monroe County. This area has been its primary target since Proposition One was approved in the November 2013 state-wide referendum, which permitted the formation of non- Indian casinos in the state for the first time. The Senecas have exclusive gambling rights in all of Western New York and a large swath of the Finger Lakes region, including Monroe County. They currently operate three casinos in their territory. Non-Indian casinos are currently being proposed in other Upstate regions, including Seneca County which is approximately 40 miles east of Monroe.
Johnson’s experience in preventing a casino from being located within the City of Rochester during his tenure as Mayor, as well asSCI’s expertise in developing and implementing citizen engagement initiatives were key factors in the decision to become actively involved in the Coalition which is comprised of local citizens, faith-based, community and business groups, and government officials.