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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.

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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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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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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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