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Springfield’s South End Concerned Over Casino Repeal Question

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Many in Springfield, especially those in the South End, have thrown their support behind the casino. Tonight, they are reacting to news of uncertainty in the project.

MGM has fought hard to win over the hearts of many people and some say having this statewide vote is simply unfair.

Mom and Rico’s has stood tall with loyal customers in the South End for decades. Rico Daniele was at first against the casino, but eventually came around

“We need something for the city. This MGM company is just unbelievable. They do it from the heart. They are good people. They would help the community,” Daniele explains.

Longtime Springfield businessman John Tranghese adds, “The last 55 years, I have seen the exodus of business from this area.”

Daniele is concerned the November vote will go against casinos and wipe away Springfield’s immediate chance for revival

“It doesn’t make any sense. Why did we already vote in July? You know we already voted.”

Springfield voted 58 percent to 42 percent last July to support MGM Springfield. Perhaps most frustrating to these locals is that people from Brookfield to Boston will now decide if Springfield sees the slots and development

Tranghese says, “What business is it of people that don’t live in Springfield? None of their business. Why should they have the right to vote on this project and destroy the opportunities and possibilities? It’s not their town. It’s our town. We voted, I think our vote should stand.”

Mom and Rico’s has no invested interest in MGM. Daniele says they are staying on Main Street no matter what, just like they always have.

Of course, other restaurants and businesses like Red Rose do have invested interests and concerns moving forward.


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