Mayor Michael Bissonnette and State representative Joseph Wagner are at odds on the issue.
Bissonnette says the old Cabotville Mills site in downtown Chicopee would be a good location for a casino.
But Representative Wagner says the Cabotville Mill site is not suitable for a casino.
Rep. Wagner goes on to say that Mayor Bissonnette should stop talking about a casino for Chicopee,”I think it’s talk and if it’s not productive talk we should move on to something else that would be productive, [so you think it's a dead issue?] I think it’s a dead issue, I don’t think it’s close to being real,” says Wagner.
But Mayor Bissonnette is not ready to concede that the casino issue is a dead issue in Chicopee.
He also fired back at Representative Wagner,”Joe Wagner’s entitled to his opinion, I often wish he would share his opinion with me personally before firing off another press release,” says Bissonnette.
And Bissonnette adds that if a casino developer is interested in Chicopee, he wants to talk to them,”We’d welcome them, we’d negotiate a host agreement , we’d get it on the ballot for November and let the people of Chicopee decide, that’s all I’m trying to do,” says Bissonnette.
Whether the casino issue is a dead issue in Chicopee remains to be seen, but it is late in the game, MGM in Springfield, Hard Rock International in West Springfield and Mohegan Sun in Palmer have already stepped to the plate in vying for that one Western Massachusetts casino license.