East Windsor residents vote against casino referendum

East Windsor residents vote against casino referendum


HEROIN AND MORE THAN 4-THOUSAND
DOLLARS IN CASH FROM A DRIVER
LEAVING THAT AREA.
JULIANA:
CONNECTICUT LAWMAKERS WILL NOW
DETERMINE IF A CASINO WILL BE
BUILT
IN EAST WINDSOR.
22NEWS ANCHOR KAIT WALSH
EXPLAINS WHAT RESIDENTS DECIDED
AT A SPECIAL TOWN MEETING.
BOB: “IT’S ON THE SHOULDERS OF
STATE
LEGISLATURE TO DO WHAT THEY
THINK IS BEST.”
THE PEOPLE OF EAST WINDSOR,
CONNECTICUT HAVE SPOKEN, AND
THEY
WANT A CASINO IN TOWN.
AT A SPECIAL TOWN MEETING
THURSDAY NIGHT, RESIDENTS WAITED
OVER AN HOUR
TO VOTE ON A PROPOSED ORDINANCE
TO STOP A CASINO FROM BEING
BUILT AT THE FORMER SHOWCASE
CINEMAS.
THE RESULTS: 198 IN FAVOR OF A
CASINO, 112 AGAINST IT.
BOB: “THAT’S OVER 60 PERCENT SO
IT WAS
OVERWHELMINGLY A VOTE FOR A
CASINO HERE IN EAST WINDSOR AND
THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR IT AND
AGAINST IT TOO FELT STRONGLY.”
IN THE DAYS LEADING UP TO THE
VOTE, ONE TOWN SELECTMAN PAID
FOR THESE SIGNS
URGING RESIDENTS TO VOTE AGAINST
THE ORDINANCE, AND FOR A CASINO.
KAIT: “22NEWS GOT A COPY OF THIS
LETTER SENT IN
THE MAIL TO EAST WINDSOR
RESIDENTS. IT’S PAID FOR BY MGM
RESORTS INTERNATIONAL
OPERATIONS AND IT’S URGING
RESIDENTS TO VOTE FOR THE
ORDINANCE, WHICH WOULD
ESSENTIALLY
BE AGAINST A CASINO IN TOWN.”
MGM SPRINGFIELD PRESIDENT MIKE
MATHIS HAS PREVIOUSLY SAID
WHILE ANOTHER CASINO JUST 15
MINUTES ACROSS THE STATE LINE
WOULD
ADD TO THE COMPETITION, HE’S
CONFIDENT IN THE SUCCESS OF THE
MGM
BRAND AND THE RESORT’S UNIQUE
URBAN STYLE. THE EAST WINDSOR
SELECTBOARD HAS ALREADY
UNANIMOUSLY
APPROVED AN AGREEMENT WITH MMCT
VENTURE, THE PARTNERSHIP
BETWEEN THE TRIBES OWNING
FOXWOODS AND MOHEGAN SUN, TO
BUILD THIS CASINO.
THE CONNECTICUT STATE
LEGISLATURE STILL HAS TO APPROVE
ANY THIRD CASINO BEING BUILT IN
THE STATE.

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