Casino supporters in Massachusetts have been dealt twin setbacks with voters in East Boston rejecting proposals by the Suffolk Downs race track and voters in Palmer narrowly defeating a bid by Mohegan Sun to build a resort casino in the western Massachusetts town.
Chip Tuttle, Suffolk Downs chief operating officer, said the company would "reassess" its plans after Tuesday's results. Voters in Revere approved the casino, but favorable votes were needed in both East Boston and Revere before the track could formally apply to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for a license.
A New York State Supreme court judge heard arguments Friday on whether the State Board of Elections should change the wording of a casino gambling amendment that critics say improperly advocates for the measure’s passage.
Voters in West Springfield on Tuesday delivered a knockout punch to casino industry giant Hard Rock. The vote to reject an $800 million dollar casino project leaves just two competitors standing for the lone casino license that will be issued in western Massachusetts.
By a lopsided margin of 55 to 45 percent, West Springfield voters turned down a development agreement that could have seen Hard Rock build a casino, hotel, and year-round concert venue on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition, home of the annual Big E agricultural fair.
Voters in West Springfield are going to the polls today for the latest casino referendum in western Massachusetts.
Voting was described as steady by election officials and appeared, as of mid-afternoon, to be on pace to reach the 40 percent turnout predicted by the Town Clerk for today’s referendum on Hard Rock’s proposal to build a resort casino on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition. Polls are open until 8 p.m.
Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland said he was a bit nervous about the outcome of today’s referendum.
Western Massachusetts cities are vying for the state’s lone casino license for that region.
In today’s Congressional Corner, Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that polling shows a demographic split among residents.
Some members of the faith-based community in western Massachusetts are starting to talk about ways to help people whom they believe will be harmed when a casino opens. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is on track to award a casino license to one of three competitors in the region by April 2014. A casino could open in 2016. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Bishop Douglas Fisher of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts.
A group has organized to oppose Hard Rock International’s plans to build an $800 million resort casino in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The casino development is subject to a make or break voter referendum in the town of 30,000 people on September 10th. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Nathan Bech who is spearheading the “No Casino West Springfield” campaign.
The campaign to convince voters in West Springfield ,Massachusetts to ratify a development deal for a resort casino was formally launched Tuesday evening. Officials with Hard Rock Hotels and Casino hosted about 50 people for a cook-out at its newly opened campaign headquarters for the September 10th referendum. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland about the pro-casino campaign.
Hard Rock International has struck a rich casino development deal with West Springfield. The agreement, announced last night by West Springfield’s mayor and Hard Rock officials, ups the ante in the fierce casino competition in western Massachusetts.
Mohegan Sun, which once had the western Massachusetts casino landscape all to itself, has unveiled a dramatic new design and more amenities for the project it hopes to build in rural Palmer. Mohegan Sun is facing stiff completion from MGM Resorts and Hard Rock International for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.