The Massachusetts Gaming Commission was in existence nearly two years before Boston Mayor Marty Walsh took office in January but the newly-elected head of the city that hosts the state capital has already shown his power.
Just hours before the Commission was set to announce Boston’s status as a neighboring community to either Everett or Revere, whichever casino plan is selected, Walsh injected himself and the city he represents, by insisting Boston be considered a “host community.” He even suggested the Commission may not have the authority to make such a designation.
In response, the Commission set May 1 to conduct a public hearing on Boston’s contention it should be considered a “host community” since both Everett and Revere, because of their physical proximity to Boston proper, would reach over into Boston for travel and services.
The decision to hold a public hearing reportedly will set back the awarding of a casino license by at least two months or more.
Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.
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