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Two Springfield Groups Continue to Push Mayor Sarno for a Casino Debate


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Tonight a group of citizens who oppose building a casino in Springfield took to city hall to ask the mayor for a debate.

Citizens Against Casino Gaming and ARISE for Social Justice say they have already asked the mayor for several debates so residents can ask him about the negative impacts a casino could have and today they went to his office to try again.

So far Mayor Domenic Sarno has not agreed to any debates but the two groups say that won’t stop them.

“We will continue to ask for these debates, we will demand these debates, we’ve only heard one side of the picture. We believe Mayor Sarno is hiding behind a million dollar advertising campaign by MGM. When we asked for a public debate he said ‘take it up with MGM.’ We believe it’s a mayor’s responsibility.”

Earlier today we spoke to expert Geoffrey Locke at Smith College about the negative social impacts casinos and gambling can have on an area and he said with 3 casinos coming to Massachusetts the number of compulsive gamblers will increase.

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