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Morse on Casino Support

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – There are a lot of unaswered questions surrounding Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse’s decision to support a plan to bring a casino to the Paper City.

But he plans to answer those questions today. Morse announced Saturday on his Facebook page that he plans to hold a press conference for Monday.

When ABC40 reached out to him for a comment, Morse said, “I look forward to bringing people into my decision process tomorrow at 10am”.

Shortly after ABC40 spoke with Morse, he posted on his Facebook page, “As Mayor, it is my duty and obligation to think holistically about our city and the region, and when any business plan is presented to me, it is my responsibility to consider it. This is exactly what I am doing with the Mountain Park proposal”. He went on to say that a casino built in Springfield could have a huge economic impact on the city of Holyoke, and that he has not been included on any conversations regarding a proposed Springfield casino.

Currently, Ameristar, Penn National and MGM are interested in building in Springfield.

Alex Morse ran his campaign for Mayor with an anti-casino position, and on October 11, 2012 he wrote a piece for CommonwealthMagazine.org on why he was still against a casino for the city of Holyoke.

The proposed casino in Holyoke would be at Mountain Park off of I-91 and run by a group of investors led by Eric Suher, owner of Mountain Park and Iron Horse Entertainment.

Any developer interested in building a casino in Massachusetts must submit their proposals with their $400,000 application fee to the state no later than January 15, 2013.

Regardless of what proposal may be on the table, the final say of any casino will rest on the residents of a particular city and town. A referendum vote must be passed by the voters before a license would be granted from the Mass. Gaming Commmision.

ABC40 will have the latest on this story as it becomes available, on-air and online.


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