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Springfield Casino Vote Will Not Be On June 25th

Christopher Chappelear

There will be no casino referendum in Springfield on June 25th , the same day voters  head to the polls in Massachusetts for the special Senate election.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced on Tuesday that negotiations with  two competing casino developers won’t be completed in time for the referendum to coincide with the special Senate election, as city officials had hoped.  City officials are negotiating host community agreements with MGM and Penn National. City Council President James Ferrera said the council wants at least a month to review the agreement, or agreements before taking its vote.

Mohegan Sun, which hopes to build a casino in Palmer, announced it is targeting  a September referendum.

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