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Report: Walsh Cuts Casino Deal, Denies East A Boston Vote

A rendering of the proposed Mohegan Sun casino at Suffolk Downs in Revere

A rendering of the proposed Mohegan Sun casino at Suffolk Downs in Revere. (Suffolk Downs/AP)

The Boston Globe is reporting Mayor Marty Walsh has made a deal with the developer of the proposed Suffolk Downs casino in Revere, which denies residents of East Boston the chance to vote on a proposal. The news is just the latest twist in the ongoing battle over casino gambling in the city.

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Mark Arsenault, reporter for The Boston Globe. He tweets @BostonGlobeMark.

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The Boston Globe: Boston, Mohegan Sun Near Deal On Revere Casino

  • “Mayor Martin J. Walsh will accept an offer from casino developer Mohegan Sun that would pay the city to offset the effects of a Revere casino at Suffolk Downs but would not allow East Boston residents to hold their own binding vote on the project, said a person in the administration familiar with the negotiations.”

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  • smh00a

    I voted NO (along with 4,000+ of my neighbors) last November under the assumption — informed by the 2011 gambling law — that a no vote in either Revere or Eastie ended it for good. East Boston was tasked with voting on behalf of the City of Boston, and we voted no. We have a law that lets a city vote against a casino in a binding vote, then allows the developer to move 500 feet down the road, and put one up against the explicit, legally voted wishes of the community. This is a direct violation of democracy, and any law that allows this should be repealed. — Steve, East Boston

    • J__o__h__n

      The entire city should have had a vote. I didn’t request that East Boston decide on my behalf. The entire region that will be affected should have had a vote. Hopefully the ballot question will pass.

      • smh00a

        The parameters of the vote were carefully engineered in the law to create the highest likelihood of passage regarding a Suffolk Downs casino. (Suffolk Downs is in the home district of the Speaker of the House and many of the main architects of the gambling law…it was always location No. 1 in their minds) It was assumed that working-class East Boston and Revere would approve the casino, but a citywide vote in Boston threatened that plan. All this makes the education campaign by opponents in Eastie and the eventual win at the polls in November all the more incredible. NOBODY thought it could be done, even some who were opponents working on the campaign.

        Agree on the ballot initiative!

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