Palmer

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The Essex County Board of Supervisors decided not to reappoint the current county manager at their meeting Monday – because the county manager was only mid-way through his contracted term. 

Gene Palmer at November court appearance
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The prison guard facing five charges for his involvement with two prisoners who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora this summer was in court Wednesday to enter his plea.

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Suspended corrections officer Gene Palmer was arraigned in Clinton County Court Wednesday on charges related to his role in the escape of Richard Matt and David Sweat from the Clinton Correctional Facility last June.

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The corrections officer charged with aiding fugitives Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from the Clinton Correctional facility did not appear at a very short court session Thursday afternoon.  That was because his legal representation is changing and his court date was delayed.

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The corrections officer charged with aiding fugitives Richard Matt and David Sweat escape from the Clinton Correctional facility did not appear at a very short court session Thursday afternoon.  That was because his legal representation is changing and his court session delayed.

NYS Police

A prison guard from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional facility who police say delivered frozen meat with tools hidden inside to two inmates before they escaped was arrested and arraigned last night. He will be back in court this afternoon on charges of promoting prison contraband and other offenses.

Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

The town clerk in Palmer, Massachusetts is expected to announce this week the date for a recount of the votes cast in the November 5th referendum on Mohegan Sun’s $1 billion casino proposal.  The Connecticut-based casino operator late last week filed the necessary paperwork to obtain a recount of the referendum it lost by fewer than 100 votes.

Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

Mohegan Sun plans to ask for a recount of Tuesday’s referendum in Palmer where voters by a narrow margin rejected the company’s plans for a $1 billion resort casino.  If the results stand, it will leave MGM in Springfield as the only company left to apply for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.

The casino referendum was defeated by a vote of 2,657 to 2,564—a margin of 93 votes—according to final, but unofficial, results announced Tuesday night by the Palmer Town Clerk’s office. Turnout was an astounding 66 percent of the town’s registered voters.

Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

The focus of the casino competition in western Massachusetts is now squarely on Palmer. People on both sides of the casino issue in the rural town are gearing up for a referendum with an eye toward what happened with Hard Rock’s casino project last week in West Springfield.

Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority

The Town Council in Palmer, Massachusetts has endorsed a casino development agreement with Mohegan Sun.  The Connecticut-based casino operator is proposing a $1 billion development in the rural town.  It is one of three projects competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Town Councilor Paul Burns, who has been a long-time supporter of a casino project in Palmer.

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. 

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.

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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Three experienced casino operators stepped forward ahead of a Thursday night deadline and will compete in Springfield for the chance to  build a casino in western Massachusetts.  Each is proposing a development project totaling almost $1 billion.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission Tuesday set the end of February 2014 as the outside date for awarding the first casino license in the state.    WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief  Paul Tuthill reports..

   The state’s gaming industry regulators discussed a master schedule which commission chairman Stephen Crosby described as prudent.

The background checks on the casino license applicants is the most time consuming part of the schedule, pegged to take a minimum of six months. The draft master schedule calls for the investigations to begin in January.