Business Owner Appears To Be Building His Own Highway Off-Ramp

April 2, 2018

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The three most important rules of real estate is location, location and location.  However there may be a fourth rule to consider, freeway off ramp.  Eric White is a member of the Seneca Indian Tribe and owns the Big Indian Smoke Shop off Interstate 90 near Buffalo, New York. A truck driver who travels this section of roadway daily first noticed what appeared to be a new exit ramp being constructed near the west bound lanes.  However neither the Federal or State government is behind the mysterious land clearing. The Federal Highway Administration says it's looking into the matter. A spokesperson says the agency typically needs to approve any new ramps to an interstate, but is not sure how that policy applies to tribal land. Recently Eric White lost a legal battle over allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes and he is reportedly building the ramp as part of a personal protest. White has not yet commented on the issue, but his attorney, Paul Cambria said, "Mr. White believes there is no valid easement that the Thruway has over sovereign territory." The Seneca Nation says it has no role whatsoever in what is taking place.


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