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New England News
12:25 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Casino Consultant Predicts "Significant Interest" In Springfield

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts have signaled they are ready to get serious with potential casino developers.  The city has hired a Chicago based law firm to serve as its gaming consultant.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
4:31 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Competing Casino Proposals Possible In Downtown Springfield

Two Massachusetts businessmen, who happen to be brothers, may be competing to build a resort casino in the downtown area of the state’s third largest city.   WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
4:30 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Casino Campaign Spending Oversight Sought

        The state's top elections official wants a stronger system of monitoring the hefty sums of cash likely to be spent on influencing future local casino votes in Massachusetts.  WAMC’S Paul Tuthill reports.

        Secretary of State William Galvin urged a legislative panel on Wednesday to support a bill that would require all campaign expenditures made on casino referendums to be reported to the state office of Campaign and Political Finance.

       Currently, spending on local ballot issues must only be reported to the clerk's office in that community.

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New York News
9:49 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Seneca Nation to Upgrade Casino Tower in NY

The Seneca Indian Nation's gambling business says a new construction project will make its Niagara Falls casino more distinctive on the city skyline.

Jim Wilson of the Seneca Gaming Corporation says the project on top of the existing hotel tower won't add more rooms, but will change signage to make the tower more identifiable.

Executives plan to release more details on Monday.

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New England News
7:11 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Springfield Officials Seek Consultant to Negotiate with Casino Developers

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts have announced plans to hire a professional consultant to help negotiate with would-be casino developers.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

The mayor’s office announced Thursday that it will seek bids from firms experienced in representing municipalities with gaming industry projects.  Bids will be accepted for a month.

It’s another sign Springfield officials are anxious to see a resort casino built in the city to bring jobs and revenue. The Springfield City Council recently named a casino siting advisory committee. 

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New England News
12:25 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Gambling Commission Urged To Speed Up Casino Licensing

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is being urged by some to speed up its work to shorten the expected time table for issuing up to three licenses to build resort casinos.  An casino-sitting advisory committee has been created in Springfield, as officials there pursue a casino development.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 

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New England News
7:43 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Springfield, MA Officials Pursue Resort Casino Development

A casino advisory committee is being created in Springfield Massachusetts as city officials pursue a resort casino development.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports…

Springfield City Council President James Ferrera said the committee will advise the council on casino sitting issues.  The council could conceivably have to issue a special permit, change zoning, or take property by eminent domain to accommodate a casino development.

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New England News
7:40 am
Wed April 18, 2012

MA Gaming Panel Hoping to Delay Key Deadline

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is pressing lawmakers to push back a key deadline by as much of a year, saying taking over the duties of the state racing commission will make it harder to get new casinos up and running.  WAMC's Tristan O’Neill reports…

Commission chairman Steven Crosby said the panel will meet the May 20 deadline if needed, but said delaying the takeover makes more sense.

Crosby said the commission is also working to better respond to city and town leaders who are already asking questions about potential casinos in their communities.

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New England News
11:10 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Massachusetts Gambling Commission To Hold First Meeting

Mass.Gaming Commissioner Bruce Stebbins

The five member Massachusetts Gaming Commission is now in place. The commissioners will draft regulations to establish a new casino gambling industry in Massachusetts and award the much coveted licenses for resort casinos.  One member of the new commission is from western Massachusetts. Bruce Stebbins is a Springfield resident, a former member of the city council, and a small business development specialist.    He spoke recently with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

New England News
8:59 am
Tue April 10, 2012

MA Casino Panel to Hold First Meeting

The five-member panel that will oversee casino gambling in Massachusetts is set to be sworn in and hold its first official meeting.   WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The agenda for Tuesday's meeting of the state Gaming Commission in Boston includes a number of administrative matters, including the election of a secretary and treasurer, the hiring of staff and the choosing of a law firm and outside gaming consultant.

The commissioners are also expected to adopt a mission statement and discuss several other matters, including ethics rules.

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