Lawsuit filed over spoiled casino dream

Victor Whitman at the Times Herald-Record reports this morning that a onetime casino investor who sold land in Bridgeville to the Seneca Nation for an ill-fated casino project wants both his land back and $15 million in damages. Charles Petri of 3D Associates hoped to make a mint selling the rest of his Bridgeville land holdings once the casino was built, the paper reports:

Petri and his partners also want $15 million in damages from the Senecas only, saying they committed fraud by misrepresenting their intentions and abandoning the casino attempt. [3D Associates, Petri's company] planned to sell 18 acres next to the casino. It was anticipating more than $15 million in that sale, but the deal fell apart because the casino was never built.

Petri isn't the only disappointed schemer eyeing sour casino deals in Bridgeville. In February, the federal government quashed a plan pushed by former New York Governor David Paterson and the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans to build a resort casino in the same hamlet.