Hudson Valley News
8:47 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Governor, legislature locked over number of casinos

ALBANY – As the issue of legalizing casino gaming in New York heads toward reality, Governor Cuomo and the legislature are at odds over the number of facilities to be allowed.

The governor wants to start with three upstate, without naming locations.

The legislature would like seven approved.  Senator John Bonacic (R- Mount Hope), chairman of the Senate Gaming and Wagering Committee, would like the locations identified.

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New England News
3:00 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Casino Operators Pledge To Hire Locally

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The two companies competing to build a resort casino in Springfield Massachusetts have affirmed local hiring goals.

   Penn National Gaming says  its goal is to hire 90 percent of its workforce from the city of Springfield.  MGM Resorts said 35  percent of its employees would be city residents, and 90 percent would live in the Greater Springfield area.  William Ward, held of the Hampden Regional Employment Board said the agency will work with whichever company gets the casino license

   A consortium of community colleges plans to offer casino job training courses..

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New England News
12:19 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Casino Operators Say They'll Draw Big Crowds Without Big Traffic Problems

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno plans to begin negotiations today with the two casino companies competing for development rights.  Top executives from MGM Resorts and Penn National Gaming gave assurances at a public forum on Monday that their projects will not cause monumental traffic problems.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno said he appreciates that two world class developers are each prepared to invest up to $1 billion dollars  for economic development in downtown Springfield.

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New England News
12:04 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Mohegan Sun Adds Amenities To Western Mass. Casino Project

Mohegan Sun officials continue to keep most details of their western Massachusetts casino project close to the vest.  Top officials from the gaming company addressed a public meeting Monday night  in Palmer attended by about 200 people. 

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New England News
10:46 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Mohegan Sun Officials Address Palmer Casino Forum

Officials with Mohegan Sun addressed a meeting of 200 town officials and residents in Palmer Monday night about plans for a resort casino in the rural western Massachusetts town.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

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New England News
5:10 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Mohegan Sun To Present Casino Plans At Public Forum In Palmer

One of the gaming industry heavyweights looking to build a resort  casino in western Massachusetts is expected to reveal more details about its project tonight at  an eagerly anticipated  public meeting. 

Mohegan Sun officials are expected to reveal changes to their original plans for a $600 million resort casino development in Palmer to address the competition that has sprung up in the last year for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.  The meeting is scheduled for 7PM at  Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School.

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New England News
5:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Public Forum Set In Palmer On Mohegan Casino Project

Casino backers in the town of Palmer Massachusetts are anxiously awaiting a public presentation next week from Mohegan Sun, which has looked to develop a resort casino in the town for several years.

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New England News
12:20 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Negotiations Underway With Casino Developers

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts are hoping to wrap up negotiations with would-be casino developers in time for a voter  referendum to coincide with the June 25 special election for US Senate. City officials are also considering how to spend the financial windfall they hope a casino brings.

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New England News
3:45 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Chicopee Casino Proposal Dies As Potential Developers Opt For Slots License

Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette who delivered the annual State of the City Address on Feb.20,2013
Credit WAMC

A long shot bid by the city of Chicopee to get into the casino competition in Massachusetts has failed. But, the city’s mayor says Chicopee does not need casino money to survive

Two developers that had looked into the possibility of a casino project in Chicopee informed Massachusetts gaming industry regulators Tuesday they will compete instead for a license to operate a slots parlor.  Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette had spoken with officials from both Rush Street Gaming and the Cordish Companies about converting a former mill in Chicopee Center into a casino.

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New England News
4:29 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Two More Companies Compete For Massachusetts Slot Parlor License

Two companies bidding for gaming licenses in Massachusetts have told regulators they will apply for a slots facility, and not a resort casino.

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