The Seneca nation and New York state appear to have missed an opportunity to work toward a resolution regarding an ongoing dispute. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Seneca President Todd Gates were not able to meet Wednesday morning while Cuomo was in Western New York.

The two sides continue to disagree about whether the tribe is legally required to pay a percentage of its slot revenues to the state and municipalities where casinos operate. The nation made its last payment in April and believe under a compact signed in 2002 the revenue sharing component has expired.

The state argues both sides agreed to renew payments when they signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2013.

“There have been a lot of discussions back and forth. We’ve certainly spent a lot of time talking to our partners in Albany,” Dyster said. “There’s been outreach to Seneca Nation of Indians.”

Niagara Falls is the largest city in the state to get a share of the slots and counts on roughly $20 million each year from the Senecas. While tribal leaders have indicated they would be willing to negotiate with the individual cities, Dyster still wants things to be handled at the state level.

“I think the focus right now is trying to set up a direct meeting between Governor Cuomo and President Gates at the earliest opportunity,” he said. “I know that there was some disappointment that they weren’t able to accomplish that on this trip but the Governor comes to Western New York frequently and I know that it’s on the front burner.”

To make things more interesting, Spectrum News witnessed Niagara Falls Department of Public Works Employees on Wednesday, canvassing and measuring what appeared to be only city streets with direct access to the Seneca-Niagara Casino. If the dispute continues, the city, which controls traffic patterns and even the sewers around the facility, does have the means to put pressure on tribal leaders.

Neither Public Works staff nor Dyster would say anything about what they were doing outside the casino. A spokesperson for the Seneca Nation said it was not aware Cuomo would be in town Wednesday and no meeting date has ever been offered by the governor’s office.