New England News
12:30 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Massachusetts Community Colleges To Train Casino Workers

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While the Massachusetts Gaming Commission does not expect to award the first casino license in  the state until a year from now, plans are underway to start training people to fill the thousands of jobs the new gaming industry promises.

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New York News
12:30 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy: The state of the city and casino plans

Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy
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Prior to Monday's meeting of the Schenectady City Council, Mayor Gary McCarthy delivered his state of the city address.

He told lawmakers that the city will finish the year with a small budget surplus, but noted that there are still challenges that need to be addressed, including the city’s vacant properties.

WAMC's Patrick Donges recently spoke with Mayor McCarthy, asking him first about how the city managed a surplus despite the dire financial situations being faced by other localities, and whether there is proposal in development for siting a casino in the city. 

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New England News
10:00 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Mass. Tribe Takes 'Step Forward' in Casino Bid

BOSTON (AP) — A Native American tribe hoping to develop a resort casino in southeastern Massachusetts has received a favorable opinion on their land bid from the federal government.

The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe announced Tuesday that the Office of Indian Gaming, in a preliminary advisory opinion, said the land where the casino has been proposed in Taunton qualifies as an "initial reservation," as does land in Mashpee, where the tribe is headquartered.

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4:55 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Saratoga, NY-based operator buys Colo. Casino

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — A Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based raceway and slots company has purchased a casino in Colorado for $28 million.

Saratoga Harness Racing, Inc., which owns the Saratoga Casino and Raceway in upstate New York, announced Tuesday that it completed the deal to buy Fitzgeralds Casino Black Hawk in Black Hawk, Colo.

The new casino will be called "Saratoga Casino-Blackhawk."

The casino, open since 1995, was renovated in 2008 and has about 600 slot machines and 11 table games plus restaurants, bars and a banquet facility.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Negotiations With Casino Developers Delayed

The mayor of Springfield Massachusetts has announced a delay in negotiations over building a resort casino downtown. The city will take more time to review written proposals from two casino operators competing for the city’s support. 

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New England News
6:51 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

11 Developers Apply For Massachusetts Gaming Licenses

Eleven applications were filed for gaming licenses in Massachusetts by Tuesday night’s deadline.

   In announcing the applicants, Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Steve Crosby said the state is assured of robust competition to maximize  job creation and tax revenue.

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New England News
1:40 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Big E Casino Announcement Scheduled

Officials with the Eastern States Exposition have struck a deal with Hard Rock International to pursue a resort casino development on the fairgrounds in West  Springfield.  According to informed sources the project on the 175 acre property would include a hotel, retail stores and an outdoor concert venue.   Brian Griffin, vice chair of the  town council, believes the project can overcome  what he predicts will be initial resistance on the part of townspeople.

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New England News
3:50 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Re-elected Springfield City Council President Sees Casinos, School Safety As Top Issues

Springfield City Councilor James Ferrera takes the oath of office for council president from District Court Judge William Boyle, assisted by Springfield City Clerk Wayman Lee
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City Councilor James Ferrera, who assured the council a place at the center of the casino debate last year by creating a casino site committee, was re-elected by his colleagues to a rare second consecutive one year term as council president.  Ferrera predicted the casino issue would top the council’s agenda in 2013.

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New England News
6:33 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Plan To Be Announced For Casino Jobs Training

A report to the gaming commission last year said there will be ten thousand jobs in the casino industry in Massachusetts.  William Messner, president of Holyoke Community College  said if there is not a trained pool of local people the casino companies will hire from out of state.

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New England News
6:21 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Two Casino Firms Meet Deadlines

Two high powered casino operators competing to develop projects in Springfield submitted detailed proposals to the city and filed initial applications for a casino license to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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