The Seneca Nation of Indians on Tuesday lost its gaming compact arbitration with New York, finding the nation’s revenue from slot machines with the state continues beyond its 14 year gaming compact.

“We’re thankful the arbitration panel held a fair hearing of the facts and ruled in favor of the state and the local communities that have been hurt by the Seneca Nation’s actions,” said Rich Azzopardi, a senior advisor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “It was clear to us that the Nation had an obligation to continue payments – period. According to the Compact, this arbitration process was prescribed to resolve conflicts and now that it’s concluded, we ask that the Nation to cease any further delays, make the state and local communities whole, and resume payments.”

The Senecas ceased paying a portion of their slot revenues to the state, arguing their 14-year obligation under the Compact was fulfilled. The state argues the obligation continued when the agreement automatically renewed in 2017.

In a statement, the arbitration panel’s dissenting member, Kevin Washburn, called the decision harmful and “an unjustified windfall” to the state.

“We continue to believe, as anyone who has read the Compact, that the Nation’s Compact payment obligation was fulfilled, and we believe we had an obligation to the Seneca people to defend the Compact as it was written and agreed upon,” Seneca President Rickey Armstrong said.

“It is the Seneca people who voted to permit our Nation to negotiate our Compact and, like all government leaders, we must act every day in the people’s best interest. We created our gaming enterprise so that we could invest in the services that our people need, want and deserve. To that end, our casino operations have been transformational in helping the Seneca Nation serve our residents, from our youngest generations to our elders. None of that changes with this arbitration opinion.”