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Neighborhood Leaders Seek Information On Casino Projects

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      Neighborhood activists in Springfield Massachusetts say they want to be kept in the loop as the city evaluates several proposals from casino operators.   WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

   Neighborhood leaders lauded Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno’s pledge to have an open  competitive process to select a casino project…or projects to put before the voters for a binding referendum.  Kathleen Brown, president of the East Springfield Neighborhood Council, said people have a right to know how a casino would impact their neighborhood.

   The mayor has pledged to make regular reports and hold public meetings with the city council and neighborhood councils throughout the selection process, with the goal of a voter referendum occurring in roughly 8 months..Four national gaming companies are pursuing casino projects in Springfield with the hopes of securing the state license for the west region..

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.