New England News
4:33 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Casino Combatants Take Stock Following Hard Rock's Defeat

The focus of the casino competition in western Massachusetts shifts to Palmer following this week’s vote in West Springfield that killed one casino project.

An artist's rendering of Mohegan Sun's proposed resort casino in Palmer, MA. Town voters will decide the fate of the project on Nov. 5
Credit Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

   Jennifer Baruffaldi,spokesperson for a pro-casino group in Palmer said she is delighted to have Hard Rock removed as a competitor for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.

   Iris Cardin, co-chair of  an anti-casino group in Palmer, said it was heartening to see  the  grassroots activists in West  Springfield  defeat a casino industry giant at the polls.

   Palmer will vote on November 5th on Mohegan Sun’s plans for a $1 billion resort casino.  Voters in Springfield in July endorsed a casino project proposed by MGM.