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. 

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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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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.

Gary McCarthy for Mayor

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. 

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.