NEW YORK - Dime Bancorp delayed a shareholder vote on its proposed merger with Hudson United Bancorp until March 24.Dime, which in September announced plans to combine with Mahwah, N.J.-based Hudson United, has been under attack this week through a $1.88 billion unsolicited takeover offer from rival North Fork Bancorp of Melville, N.Y.

The shareholder vote on the Dime-Hudson deal was originally scheduled for March 15, as was a Hudson United shareholder meeting. That meeting also has been rescheduled for March 24, Hudson said Thursday.

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