New England News
3:52 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

City Council Schedules Special Meeting On MGM Springfield Casino Proposal

Credit MGM Springfield

The city council in Springfield Massachusetts will hold a special meeting on Friday to debate a proposed casino development deal with MGM Resorts.

   City Council President James Ferrera said there is no need to rush a vote on the host community agreement that was signed last week by Mayor Domenic Sarno and a top MGM official. Ferrera, on Monday, invoked a procedural rule to postpone  debate on the agreement because he said he has questions about it.

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New England News
5:30 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Development Proposed Near Mohegan Sun's Palmer Casino Site

The ante has been upped in the competition for a resort casino development in western Massachusetts.

The company that owns land in Palmer off the Massachusetts Turnpike where Mohegan Sun hopes to build a resort casino announced plans Monday for a commercial development with stores, restaurants and a small hotel adjacent to the site of the proposed casino. Leon Dragone, manager of Northeast Reality Associates  said this would be built well before the state makes a decision on awarding a casino license in western Massachusetts.

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New England News
12:15 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Springfield City Council To Review MGM Casino Deal

Credit MGM Springfield

City councilors in Springfield Massachusetts  appear ready to act quickly on the proposed casino development agreement with MGM Resorts International.   The casino operator wants the citywide voter referendum to take place in mid-July.  Casino opponents have little time to mount an effective campaign. 

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6:06 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

New York Lawmakers Consider Delaying Casino Vote

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders tried to jumpstart negotiations over siting several new gambling casinos in New York. But they also conceded that the plans might be delayed for another year.

Legislative leaders and Governor Cuomo met for the first time together in over a month, and they focused on an issue they had originally hoped to settle in the budget, the expansion of gambling in New York.

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The Roundtable
9:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

5/2/13 - Panel

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC newsman Ray Graf and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao. Joe Donahue moderates.


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  • Civil Liberties Poll
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New England News
3:35 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Agreement Is Signed For MGM Casino Project In Springfield

MGM Springfield President Bill Hornbuckle and Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno sign the host community agreement on MGM's casino project
Credit WAMC

The mayor of Springfield Massachusetts and a top official with MGM Resorts International signed a casino development deal on Wednesday.  The signing ceremony marks the start of a campaign to convince the city’s voters to ratify the agreement.


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New England News
4:24 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Springfield Mayor Picks MGM As Casino Developer

Credit MGM Springfield

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has chosen MGM Resorts International to develop an $800 million casino project in the city’s downtown. It puts MGM one step closer to competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusett.

   Springfield would receive more than $25 million annually in taxes and other payments from MGM Resorts if it is successful in building the resort casino, under the terms of a comprehensive development agreement announced Tuesday by Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

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New England News
12:58 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

It's MGM: Springfield's Sarno Decides On Casino

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has selected MGM Resorts International as the developer for a proposed casino in the state's third-largest city, rejecting a competing bid by Penn National Gaming.

Sarno announced Tuesday he had negotiated a host community agreement with MGM, which has proposed a more than $800 million resort casino on a 10-acre downtown site damaged by a June 2011 tornado.

MGM has committed to making annual payments of more than $25 million if the casino is built.

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New York News
6:38 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Forum Set On Upstate NY Casino Plan

Another upstate New York tourist town is looking into casino gambling.

The Mayor of Lake George has scheduled a public forum Tuesday evening to get a sense of where residents stand on casino gambling in Warren County.

Officials in Saratoga Springs and Essex County have already expressed an interest in a gambling casino.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has outlined a plan to boost tourism and economic development by allowing as many as three resort gambling casinos in upstate New York. The proposal would be subject to a referendum.

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New England News
4:19 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Springfield Casino Vote Will Not Be On June 25th

There will be no casino referendum in Springfield on June 25th , the same day voters  head to the polls in Massachusetts for the special Senate election.

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