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New York News
3:30 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

New York State Senator Kathy Marchione - Casinos and the SAFE Act

New York State Senator Kathy Marchione, with Assemblyman Tony Jordon (left) and Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (right) speaks at Saratoga Springs City Hall in support of the Casino Gaming Transparency Act, Monday, March 11, 2013.
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Casino gambling and New York’s new gun law, the SAFE Act, have emerged as two issues in Albany sparking a good deal of debate this session. Republican State Senator Kathy Marchione, of Saratoga and Rensselaer Counties, is leading an effort to repeal the gun law passed earlier this year in New York, and the first year lawmaker is also backing a measure that would require the locations of casinos to be known before lawmakers approve a constitutional amendment to allow them on non-Indian land.

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New England News
9:00 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Mass. Gambling Lobby Spends Less in 2012

BOSTON (AP) — The gambling industry spent $2.3 million dollars lobbying Beacon Hill lawmakers in 2012, a drop from the $3.1 million spent by the industry in Massachusetts in 2011.

A review of lobbying records by The Associated Press found that despite the decline, companies hoping to land one of the state's coveted casino license still poured hundreds of thousands into lobbying.

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New England News
8:00 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Springfield Will Hold Community Negotiations with Casino Developers

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Springfield's mayor has decided to open host community negotiations with each of the two companies hoping to develop casinos in the western Massachusetts city.

Mayor Domenic Sarno made the announcement on Monday after an internal review by the city of both casino proposals, one by MGM Resorts International and the other by Penn National Gaming.

The city could have chosen to negotiate with just one developer. The plan to begin negotiations with both companies does not guarantee that agreements will be struck with one or both.

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New York News
4:46 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

NY legislative leaders not sold on Gov's casino plan

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Legislative leaders say they aren't sold on Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to restrict new casinos to three upstate locations and could push for New York City and Long Island venues.

The leaders met with Cuomo in a closed-door session Wednesday. Afterward, they said the issue of where to put casinos isn't settled.

Cuomo has proposed three privately run casinos off Indian land to boost the upstate economy. He says they'd draw visitors from New York City and Long Island, which have stronger economies.

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New England News
4:21 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

City Releases Details Of Casino Proposals

The detailed plans and related documents for two competing resort casino proposals in Springfield Massachusetts have been made public. 


 

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New England News
12:04 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Massachusetts Gaming Applicants Now Face Background Investigations

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission during a meeting last summer at Springfield Technical Community College
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Eleven applications have been filed for lucrative gaming licenses in Massachusetts. Companies that want to develop resort  casinos  or a slots parlor had to meet a 5PM Tuesday deadline to file paperwork and a non-refundable $400,000 fee with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

       Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Steve Crosby was thrilled. He said the state is primed to achieve maximum job creation and revenue from its fledgling gambling industry.

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New England News
9:40 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

7 Firms Submit Application Fees for Mass. Casino License

BOSTON (AP) — Seven companies hoping to build casinos in Massachusetts have plunked down $400,000 each in nonrefundable application fees ahead of a key deadline.

A 2011 law signed by Gov. Deval Patrick allows up to three casinos in Massachusetts.

Among those jumping into the casino race is Las Vegas developer Steve Wynn who has eyed a site in Everett.

Others who have paid the fee and submitted applications include: MGM Springfield; Penn National Gaming, Inc.; Plainridge Racecourse; Hard Rock; and Mohegan Sun.

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New England News
4:58 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Hard Rock Pitches Casino Development At Big E Site

A rendering of the proposed Hard Rock resort casino at the Big E in West Springfield
Credit Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos

The competition to build a resort casino in western Massachusetts became more robust Friday. Hard Rock International unveiled plans for an entertainment complex in West Springfield on the grounds where the Big E agricultural fair is held.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
12:32 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Debates Policy Questions

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has begun several days of meetings  to address dozens of policy questions.   It’s a prelude to the commissioners writing the final regulations to fully implement the year old gambling law and license resort casinos.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

       The gaming commissioners, meeting in Boston, voted unanimously Tuesday to set a policy that bans a community from holding a referendum on a casino project until it has been determined the developer is suitable to hold a gaming license in Massachusetts. 

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New England News
12:20 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Casino Operators Compete For Community Support

An artist's rendering of Penn National Gaming's proposed casino in Springfield

Two high powered casino operators affirmed their commitments this week to pursue projects in Springfield Massachusetts.  Officials in Holyoke, a late entry to the western Massachusetts casino competition, are moving to form committees to review proposals from developers.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill has an update on the fast moving casino story.

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