Senecas eye Catskills

Sep 30, 2003 3:10 AM

The Seneca Nation is moving ahead with plans to build a spa hotel in Niagara Falls and a sprawling new casino resort hundreds of miles away in the Catskills.

The Buffalo News reports that the push to the Catskills, located some 90 miles northwest of New York City, could make the Senecas a sizable force in the East Coast gambling industry.

The emphasis on the Catskills is in part caused by growing opposition to a planned casino in Cheektowaga, some 15 miles outside Buffalo. On the other hand, the Catskills is an economically depressed region where community leaders see casinos as a way to return to the resort area’s boom times.