Pataki Lambasted By Senecas
By Earl
A top leader of the Seneca Nation accuses Governor George E. Pataki of “delaying approval of the gambling compact that would bring Indian casinos to Niagara Falls and Buffalo,” according to the News.

Tribal Councilor Barry E. Snyder Sr. said: “We are dismayed that the same Gov. Pataki who was such an outspoken supporter of casino development has suddenly become silent and inaccessible on this issue. We all thought that we were well on our way toward breaking ground for our casinos. However, more than 31/2 weeks have passed, and Gov. Pataki has yet to sign the compact. After all this time, after all this hard work, after all this urgency, the initiative has now been put on the back burner.”

However, a spokesman for the Governor, Michael McKeon, claims the compact remains a priority. He explained that, “ ... One of the unresolved items has been coming up with a way to formalize an understanding that would grant union organizers access to casino workers.

Nation officials have given their word that trade unions will be allowed to ask workers to join their unions, but the legalization of the casinos by the State Legislature requires a formal guarantee on this matter. The Senecas have stated that such a requirement infringes on their sovereignty.

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