The debate over casino development in Saratoga County is expanding, as the town of Moreau is making its own pitch for a possible casino location.

The town of Moreau is pitching the idea to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office to establish a casino on Mt. McGregor, home to a New York State prison slated for closure in July.

Earlier this week, Moreau’s town board approved a measure in support of casino development on the 1,200-acre facility.

Mohegan Sun, which worked for five years on a casino project in rural Palmer, Massachusetts only to see it come up 94 votes short on Election Day, has now shifted its focus to greater Boston.  The move leaves Palmer casino supporters concerned about the future.

11/26/13 Panel

Nov 26, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain, and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Newtown Report
Obama Defends Iran Deal
Karzai Ultimatum
Heart Study Criticized
Katie Couric goes to Yahoo
Albany Civic Center

Palmer Defeats Casino Referendum

Nov 5, 2013

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.

Judge Will Rule On Casino Amendment Challenge

Oct 11, 2013

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.