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Mass.Gaming Commission Rejects Deadline Waiver Requests


The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Thursday, unanimously rejected several requests to waive the gaming license application deadline.

The mayor of Chicopee had asked for more time to pull together a possible casino development deal. Two companies asked for a six month extension to try to overcome opposition to their projects by the mayor of Holyoke. Commissioner Bruce Stebbins said  there were no extraordinary circumstances to justify granting a waiver.

11 applications for gaming licences, which had to include a $400,000 non refundable fee were filed by the January 15th deadline.  The commission will conduct background investigations of all the applicants before considering their specific projects.

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.
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