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City of Springfield Names Members of Phase II Committee

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Today, the City of Springfield began phase two of their casino selection process.

The next step is to get more input from the public.

The mayor named a citizens ad-hoc committee to work with the city in selecting the right casino proposal or proposals for Springfield, and today, Mayor Sarno identified who will serve on that committee.

Three developers – MGM, Ameristar, and Penn National Gaming – all have made it through the initial phase one application process.

Now those applications will be looked at in a lot more detail during phase two.

With a consultant already hired, and with the mayor’s economic development team, ABC40 asked him why an ad-hoc committee is needed.

“I think to continue to be open and transparent. I think when you look at Boston, Mayor Menino also named a board a while ago, and again these individuals with their integrity and professionalism, people I trusrt and respect to give me a different perspective and advice as we move forward,” says Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.

The advisory committee will attend public meetings conducted by the city’s consultants where the proposed developers will make presentations and answer questions about their proposals.

The committee members are:
Retired Judge Nancy Dusek-Gomez.
Kathleen Kane, an executive with the Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Springfield.
Dr. Haskell Kennedy Jr., a retired Connecticut Department of Labor Worker.
Kevin Kennedy, Springfield’s Chief Development Officer.
Attorney Kill McCarthy-Payne, a professor of criminal justice at American International College.
Joanne Morales-Harrison, a community re-entry manager with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department.

The city says it hopes to have the casino issue before voters sometime next year, and what those voters see on the ballot is still unknown.

It could be one, two, or even three casino proposals.

Mayor Sarno once again emphasized that his goal is to get the best possible casino deal for the residents of Springfield.

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