VERONA, NY — Turning Stone Casino and Resort, despite being embroiled in a battle with local authorities, has received unanimous approval from the State Liquor Authority to serve alcohol at its restaurants and other venues on a permanent basis.
The State Liquor Authority’s three-member panel this week unanimously approved CD Food and Beverage’s application to serve alcohol at the Turning Stone Casino and Resort on a permanent basis.
Pro and con arguments were heard via a videoconference link between New York City and Albany.
“I think that some of the speakers have touched on some of the more global issues and some of the unfortunate tensions between the Indian nation and some people in the community and I don’t wish to take sides in that,” said SLA Chairman Dennis Rosen. “This agreement is an example, and in some ways an unprecedented example, of trying to reach a corroborative approach to issues that sometimes the business community, the state and the Indian nation have disagreed on.
“I think the agreement to pay taxes on the sale of alcohol and food products and room occupancy tax is an example of the best kind of collaboration between the two worlds here that are often in conflict with one another.”
Turning Stone, located at 5218 Patrick Road here in Verona, near Utica, is owned by the Onondaga Indian Nation.