Mass. Gambling Chief Steps Aside on Everett Ruling
BOSTON (AP) — The head of the Massachusetts gambling commission is withdrawing from a crucial review of the land deal for a proposed casino in Everett because he is a longtime friend and former business partner of one of site’s owners.
Stephen Crosby says he has known Paul Lohnes, co-owner of the 29-acre site, since they were in the National Guard in the 1970s and that they were business partners from 1983 to 1990.
If Wynn Resorts wins the right to develop the former Monsanto chemical site into a $1.3 billion casino, the land sale would potentially be worth millions of dollars to Lohnes.
Crosby tells The Boston Globe he’s confident he could remain impartial, but recused himself to preserve public trust in the casino selection process.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com