BOSTON (WWLP) — Is the Springfield casino selection process moving too fast? Thatâ€™s a question being asked by the City Council President.
Springfield City Council Pres. James Ferrera sent a letter to the
Massachusetts Gaming Commission asking if Springfieldâ€™s casino selection process deadlines are within the parameters of what the city is allowed to do. One of Ferreraâ€™s concerns is that Springfield does not have the time and resources to thoroughly vet casino developers.
The Commission has nevertheless agreed that it is within the authority of cities and towns to set their own negotiation timelines.
â€śEven though thereâ€™s some kind of disconnect with our rules, that the answer was yes, we have decided that the town, the cities and towns are given the authority to set the parameters of their negotiations,â€ť said
Stephen Crosby, Chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.