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Local Mayors Respond to Morse’s New Casino Stance

Holyoke, Mass. (WGGB) — Local mayors are weighing in on Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse’s new stance on a casino.

Morse surprised his community today when he announced that Holyoke should consider hosting a casino.

When he ran for mayor, he said he was opposed to the idea.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno who’s also looking to host a casino says he doesn’t mind the competition.

“The bottom line is competition is good because it ups the ante and that’ll be good for the city of Springfield. All I do is worry about the city of Springfield.  I am very proud of the team we’ve put together; we’ve had a very transparent process, and followed through with that and worked hand in hand with the Gaming Commission.  But overall, competition is good because it ups the ante and that makes it good for Springfield because it means we can drive the best bargain for the residents, taxpayers, and business owners in the city of Springfield,” says Sarno.

Morse has proposed the old Mountain Park as a site for a Holyoke casino.

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz told us, “I have serious concerns about a resort casino located six miles from the heart of downtown Northampton and will work with other surrounding communities to protect our interests and the interests of the region should any casino proposal be advanced in Holyoke.”

Narkewicz says a casino so close could threaten Northampton economically.

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