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.


  • More Boston Arrests
  • Tracking Foreigners
  • Civil Liberties Poll
  • Casino Gaming Expansion
  • Average Albany
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
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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

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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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New England News
12:18 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

MGM Campaigns For Casino Project In Springfield

Of the four companies competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts, one has stood out when it comes to marketing.  MGM Resorts International, which hopes to build a casino in downtown Springfield, has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on advertising.

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New England News
3:25 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Exception To Tax Cap Law Sought For Casino Property

The city of Springfield is seeking an exception to Proposition 2 ½ , the Massachusetts property tax cap law, when it comes to casinos.

   An $800 million resort casino could mean tens of millions of dollars annually in additional property taxes for Springfield.  But Mayor Domenic Sarno said the city will not get the full financial benefits from a casino development unless a change is made to Prop 2 ½.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

MGM Promotes Future Casino Jobs

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The lure of thousands of jobs in the fledgling Massachusetts gaming industry is powerful in the greater Springfield area, where unemployment remains high.  One of the companies competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts is holding a career fair to show off the types of jobs being promised. 

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