LEGISLATIVE SLOWDOWN MAY KILL N.Y. CASINO PLAN

Jul 12, 2001 8:29 PM

The Seneca Indian Nation would likely postpone an Aug. 7 referendum if the New York State Assembly doesn't pass legislation allowing the governor to enter into a gaming compact with the tribe.

Cyrus Schindler, president of the 7,000-member western New York tribe, met with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, to discuss concerns that employees of any Seneca casino be able to unionize.

Republican Gov. George Pataki has proposed to give the tribe the right to set up casinos in Niagara Falls and Buffalo, and on reservation land.