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.
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.