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Springfield’s Mayor Responds to Holyoke Meeting Request

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has responded to a request from Holyoke’s mayor to come to the Paper City and talk about casinos.

Earlier this week, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse sent a letter to leaders in nine area cities and towns, looking for them or a representative from their community to a meeting sometime next week to talk about what impact a casino in Holyoke or any western Mass. City or town would have.

Thursday, Sarno wrote back to Morse thanking him for the invite, and said that he had forwarded Morse’s request to Chief Development Officer Kevin Kennedy for him “to consider how best for Springfield to interact with the planned event.”

In his letter, Sarno notes that proposed developers for a Springfield casino have until January 3, 2013 to complete their Phase II application for the city and that meeting before that deadline may be premature.

“Without the submission of traffic studies, engineering reports or other expert analysis, discussion at the proposed meeting may lack the substance required to address any of the relevant criteria on any objective basis,” Sarno notes in his letter.

CLICK HERE to read the entire letter from Mayor Sarno.

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