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Palmer Casino Backers Believe Mohegan Sun Is Moving On


Mohegan Sun is seeking to end an exclusive development deal in Palmer, Massachusetts even before next week’s recount of its failed casino referendum

The Connecticut-based gaming company wants to void the exclusivity agreement it made with a realty company to build a $1 billion resort casino.  Palmer voters rejected the project by a 93 vote margin. Mohegan Sun petitioned for a recount that will take place Tuesday.  Palmer Town Councilor Paul Burns said it appears Mohegan Sun is throwing in the towel prematurely.

Burns and other casino supporters in Palmer have called on Mohegan Sun to respond to reports the company is in talks about a casino development on part of the Suffolk Downs property in eastern Massachusetts.

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.