New England News
4:10 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Ethics Commission Clears Springfield Casino Consultant

   The Massachusetts State Ethics Commission says a casino consultant working for Springfield is not violating the law by representing gaming interests in another state.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

   Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said the ethics commissions opinion validates the city’s casino selection process

   Concerns were raised by the state gaming commission when it found out that the Chicago law firm hired by Sarno  is a lobbyist  in Illinois for two of the casino companies interested in  building  in Springfield. The firm of Shefsky and Froelich  was hired to advise  Springfield  officials on evaluating casino projects and negotiating with potential developers.