SPRINGFIELD – So the time has come to seek the casino gaming license. The aspirant operators are required to submit their applications latest by Thursday at 5 p.m. to the Office of Procurement at the City Hall. The Mayor Domenic, J. Sarno said that the cases would be decided on merit in terms of their qualifications and other requisite aspects. Massachusetts allows up to three properties including the one for its western region. In fact, calling requests is the first step towards issuance of license to the qualified operator that has to get the consent from the city & the state apart from the local poll that is also a mandatory step. The applicants are required to submit complete details in terms of their standing, know-how, milieu, fiscal position and beginning aspects etc as per the terms of the city office.
Three major operators i.e. Penn National is interested for the North End with an eye on the main street building of the Republicans, Ameristar with a keen aspiration for the Westinghouse property in east and MGM Resorts International wants to establish the property at the South end of Springfield. The proprietors of Connecticut’s Mogegan Sun have also expressed their desire to put up a facility off the Massachusetts Turnpike.
Time will tell as to who are declared the winners, said Sarno. James J. Ferrera III, the city council president emphasized the need for a strong competition to have more quality and fiscal benefits for the city.
There would a meeting by the City Council Planning and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday to decide if a citywide or ward-wise poll is necessary for putting up the casino. Ferrera and Sarno are in favor of the citywide poll. The former expressed that the Springfield citizens should also have a say in the issue. Tuesday will see a gathering of the General Government Committee of the council to decide whether the Law Department is authorized for advice to the council for the casino matters or it should hire its own lawyer.
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