East Windsor, Windsor Locks Are Still In The Running For Casino

By Christine Stuart • CTNewsJunkie

On the “to do” list for the 2017 legislative session for Connecticut’s two tribes is the possible approval of a third casino along I-91.

The path to how they get there is still largely up in the air.

On Friday, after a meeting with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy— who has been neutral about the prospects of a third casino off tribal land — the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes issued a press release announcing they are no longer considering East Hartford, Hartford, or South Windsor as locations for their gaming facility. That leaves East Windsor and Windsor Locks as possible locations.

“After a detailed economic analysis, we’ve determined that East Windsor and Windsor Locks align best with our development models and preserve more jobs and revenue for the state,” Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council Chairman Rodney Butler said. “Ultimately, wherever we build this facility, we are committed to be excellent neighbors, dedicated to helping the Capitol Region succeed.”

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Casino Study Bill Rejected In Legislative Committee

By Kenneth R. Gosselin • Hartford Courant

HARTFORD — An expansion of casino gambling in Connecticut will move forward this year without further study by the state, after a controversial bill in the legislature was voted down Thursday by the commerce committee.

In an 11-7 vote, the committee killed a bill that sought a comprehensive study of the state's gaming industry, just as plans are unfolding for a third casino in Greater Hartford. Three of the 21 committee members were absent.

"I'm disappointed," said Rep. Chris Perone, D-Norwalk, who introduced the bill and is co-chairman of the committee. "What I was trying to do was improve our understanding of how an expansion of gaming would affect our economy. I see us expanding casino gaming without doing much due diligence."

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Tribes Narrow Casino Search To Four Location

By Kenneth R. Gosselin • Hartford Courant

The tribal joint venture seeking to open a third casino in Connecticut has eliminated one proposed location — East Windsor — and will enter a second round of negotiations with the three remaining towns, it was announced Wednesday. 

The Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots said they will concentrate on four sites in East Hartford, Hartford and Windsor Locks. The tribes, which operate the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos, did not give a deadline for a final decision or say whether they will return to the legislature this year for final approvals, which now appears unlikely.

"East Windsor's clear desire to host this facility made this decision really difficult," Kevin Brown, chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council, said. ...

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Andy Wood: Support Casinos' Bid To Stay Competitive

By Andy Wood • Mystic Aquarium

Recently I addressed the southeastern Connecticut legislative delegation regarding increased competition to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun and its impact not only on their industry but also on organizations like Mystic Aquarium. Organizations like ours benefit from community partnerships — a fact that goes unrealized by many residents.

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Selection of Casino Site On Track, Mohegans Say

By Kenneth R. Gosselin • Hartford Courant

The tribal authority that owns and operates Mohegan Sun told investors this week that a location for a third Connecticut casino will be chosen before the state legislature is asked to expand gaming beyond tribal lands.

Mohegan Sun is teaming with longtime rival Foxwoods to open a satellite casino in north central Connecticut to counter competition from a mega-casino and entertainment complex now under construction in nearby Springfield.

"We had a very positive response to the [request for proposals], perhaps even greater interest than we originally anticipated," Kevin Brown, chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council, said on an earnings conference call Wednesday with analysts, according to a Bloomberg News transcript. "Because of that we've had to undertake and we continue to undertake significant due diligence and we want to ensure that we pick a location that makes sense for both organizations."

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Carol L. Mahier: Support From Tribes Critcal for Hospice

By Carol L. Mahier • Center for Hospice Care

Keeping hospice care and bereavement counseling services accessible in our community remains a critical goal of Center for Hospice Care in Southeastern Connecticut. Planning a Hospice House facility where in-patient care will be provided is an important part of this goal. Philanthropic support from members of the community is essential to our plan and also helps us to develop programs and services that enhance the quality of life for terminally-ill patients and their families. 

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Gary Paul: Biggest Threat Locally Is To Casino Work

By Gary Paul • Paul's TV

Clearly, the loss of GE was a disappointing blow for Connecticut. But as a small business owner in southeastern Connecticut, I am more concerned with another threat from Massachusetts, the development of a casino just a few miles from our border. 

My family-owned business in Groton, Paul's TV, works with both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. When making deliveries at both sites, it is other small businesses like mine that I see at the loading docks. These small businesses employ many Connecticut residents and rely on work from both of the casinos in our region. 

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East Windsor Puts 2 More Sites In Play For Casino: Former Showcase Cinemas, Former Wal-Mart

By Kenneth R. Gosselin • Hartford Courant

EAST WINDSOR — Two more sites easily visible from I-91 could be in the running for casino development.

One is the former site of Showcase Cinemas, the other of a former Wal-Mart. They are near each other and immediately east of the highway. First Selectman Robert Maynard said both sites will be recommended for possible casino development to the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal group, MMCT, this week.

MMCT wants to build a casino north of Hartford along I-91 to blunt the effect of the MGM Springfield casino being built just miles from the Massachusetts-Connecticut line.

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Official Envisions 'Interim Casino' Within Six Months At Airport Sheraton

By Kenneth R. Gosselin • Hartford Courant

Bradley International Airport may hold the ace card in the competition to host Connecticut's third casino.

Kevin Dillon, the executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority, said Wednesday that space at the Sheraton Hartford Hotel at the airport could be turned into an "interim casino" while a permanent gaming venue is built at Bradley.

"We do believe it could be up and running relatively quickly," Dillon said, after disclosing the option at a panel discussion in downtown Hartford on development along the I-91 corridor north of the city.

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John Weigert: Possible Windsor Locks Casino

By John Weigert • President, IBEW Local 35

As a resident of Windsor Locks, I was pleased to hear of the plan to develop a casino at Bradley International Airport. The location is perfect to maximize patronage with as little impact on the town as possible.

It is my understanding that the tribal partners have good relationships with the communities in their region, support local charitable organizations, and will make similar investments here in Windsor Locks.

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Connecticut Tribes Seek Local Approvals of Casino Sites

By Susan Haigh • Associated Press

HARTFORD — Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes are asking communities interested in hosting a new casino near the Massachusetts border to move ahead with their local approval processes.

The leaders of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes said Wednesday they want to ensure their proposed gambling facility is located in a community that wants it.

‘‘We want this to be done the right way,’’ said Mohegan tribal chairman Kevin Brown.

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Alice Soscia: Tribes Contribute Much to United Way's Efforts

By Alice Soscia • United Way of Southeastern CT

The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribal Council are making headlines for their efforts to build a new casino and preserve Connecticut jobs, but at United Way, we know them as some of our most dedicated community partners. We work with both tribes on numerous projects, from conducting food, toy and coat drives to cleaning up local parks.

This past May, the Mashantucket Pequots and the Mohegans joined forces with United Way to hold a Day of Caring in Waterford. More than 125 employees of the two tribes and their casinos participated, cleaning up Camp Harkness in advance of its June opening. From dawn to dusk, energetic volunteers beautified the park’s cabins, beach, gardens and playgrounds, which are designed to accommodate disabled individuals. Camp Harkness welcomes more than 33,000 visitors every year, and the tribes’ efforts helped ensure an enjoyable experience for them.

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Tribes Urge Towns To Move Forward On Casinos

By Mike Savino • Journal Inquirer

The joint tribal venture that is seeking to build a casino in the Interstate 91 corridor called on municipal leaders Tuesday to move forward with their towns’ processes to approve a proposal.

The entity, MMCT, also pledged to cover the cost of referendums for towns that hold them.

“At this point we want you to know that we’ve received and are continuing to review a proposal from your municipality,” read a letter sent by the state’s two tribes. “We are now asking that you move forward with getting approval from your town and town leaders.”

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At Deadline, Four Towns, Five Proposals For Third Casino

By Kenneth R. Gosselin • Hartford Courant

The tribes that operate the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos said they received five proposals at Friday's deadline in four municipalities — East Hartford, East Windsor, Hartford and Windsor Locks.

The Mashantucket Pequots and Mohegans did not disclose details of the proposals, which outline plans for a third Connecticut to be located in the capital region. But some of the plans have emerged publicly, including a casino proposal at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks and at the site of the former Showcase Cinemas off I-84 in East Hartford.

The tribes confirmed there were two proposals from Windsor Locks, although the second location couldn't be determined. East Windsor has targeted land along I-91 — the site of a Showcase Cinemas and a Wal-Mart, both vacant.

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