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Seneca Nation Statement on Resignation of New York Governor

CATTARAUGUS TERRITORY, IRVING, N.Y. – Seneca Nation President Matthew Pagels issued the following statement on the resignation of the Governor of New York earlier today:

“The imminent change of leadership in Albany is good news for all New Yorkers, particularly members of sovereign Native Nations located within the state’s borders who have for too long been overlooked and mistreated by the current administration. Today’s announcement was not precipitated by politics, but by the actions of one individual, his abuse of power and the bravery of those who had the strength and courage to stand up for themselves.  I hope this signals the end of the well-known and well-documented bully tactics that have been deployed at the state Capitol throughout his term.

It is well past time for a new occupant who can bring true leadership to the Governor’s office, making history in the process. The Seneca Nation looks forward to forging a relationship built on respect, understanding and open dialogue with Governor Kathy Hochul when she takes office later this month.”