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Holyoke Mayor: City is ‘Shifting Strategies’ with Casino Talks

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) – Citing Monday’s press conference an “act of transparency,” Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse has announced that he is now entertaining proposals for a casino in Holyoke.

Morse noted Monday morning that “we cannot pretend” that the city borders will protect the Paper City from any negative economic impact from a casino in Springfield or other parts of Western Mass.

Morse says a casino in Holyoke would not be a “saving grace” for the city’s economic and employment issues.

In the proposal presented to the city by Iron Horse Entertainment Group head Eric Suher, the casino would have a 350 room hotel, gaming space, indoor and outdoor entertainment space, restaurants, and eco-tourism.

Morse adds that in addition to Suher’s proposal, he will entertain any other proposals that may come his way.

The mayor notes that any plan for any casino in Holyoke must meet certain criteria, including urban revitalization, environmental sustainability, and the socioeconomic effects of gambling addiction.

If any plan does not meet those and other conditions, Morse adds that no deal will be done.

Monday’s announcement is seen as a reversal of Morse’s previous positions as a candidate and as Mayor, where he had spoken in opposition of a casino in Holyoke, even as recent of October 11 in a piece in Commonwealth Magazine.

The change in positions, Morse adds, is likely to spark some “lively debate” and that he is not abandoning or changing city priorities. Instead he’s “shifting strategies.”

Now, Morse says that this begins what he wants to be a “transparent process.” The city will soon release specific dates for public input.

Morse urges that “no backroom deals” have taken place.

 


  • weasel

    It is unreal that these Politicians get elected on a bed of lies and than they do what they want simply because People are stupid. No wonder so many of our kids lack any morals or principles. Holyoke is the poorest in the State because you chose to make it a haven for illegals and people who think the working folks should continue to pay for their entitlements. Holyoke would be the last place I would risk to take my family for entertainment. I have met the enemy and it is my Government.

  • Mjmedina

    WEASEL U TALK LIKE U KNOW. HAVEN FOR ILLEGALS? R U SERIOUS. THAT SAYS ALOT ABOUT U. POLITICS WILL BE POLITICS. GO HOLYOKE BUILD CASINOS STRIP BARS. LOL

    • weasel

      Holyoke is a dump for ensure it will remain the same and bring in more criminals You sound like you are a recent graduate of the Holyoke school system. At least you can spell the name they gave you. Check the balance on your EBT card.

  • billyblake

    Holyoke is a joke. Only rhyme you need to know. Only rhyme that explains the city.