Springfield Casino Advisory Committee to hold meeting

Springfield Casino Advisory Committee to hold meeting


WHAT LEAD UP TO THE SHOOTING. SO FAR, NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE. CIARA: SPRINGFIELD MAYOR DOMENIC SARNO HAS ORDERED THE CASINO ADVISORY COMMITEE TO HOLD A LONG OVER-DUE MEETING. 22NEWS REPORTER MIKE MASCIADRELLI EXPLAINS WHY THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME THEY’LL MEET SINCE THE CASINO OPENED ALMOST ONE YEARS AGO.. MIKE: THE CASINO ADVISORY COMMITTEE WAS SUPPOSED TO START MEETING WHEN MGM SPRINGFIELD FIRST OPENED LAST AUGUST, BUT THE CITY NEVER SCHEDULED A MEETING UNTIL NOW. ITS BEEN NEARLY A YEAR SINCE THE MGM SPRINGFIELD CASINO FIRST OPENED. AS REQUIRED, THE CITY CREATED A “CASINO ADVISORY COMMITTEE” THAT’S TASKED WITH MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS TO MGM AND THE CITY, AS WELL AS REVIEWING CASINO AND GAMING POLICIES. SPRINGFIELD MAYOR DOMENIC SARNO ISSEUD AN EXECUTIVE ORDER ON TUESDAY DEMANDING THAT THEY MEET NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 30TH. JESSE LEDERMAN: SPRINGFIELD CITY COUNCILOR HAVING RESIDENTS INVOVLED IS A KEY PIECE OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT. WE WANT AS MANY VOICES AT THE TABLE AS POSSIBLE AND AS MUCH INSIGHT AND PERSPECTIVE AS POSSIBLE AND THESE ARE FOLKS THAT CAN PROVIDE THAT. THE 11-MEMBER CASINO COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITEE WAS FORMED UNDER THE HOST COMMUNITY AGREEMENT THE CITY SIGNED WITH MGM SPRINGFIELD IN 2013. ITS MEMBERS WERE APPOINTED BY THE MAYOR, THE CITY COUNCIL, AND MGM. THEY’RE REQUIRED TO MEET EVERY THREE MONTHS. LARRY SWAIN: WARREN, MA ABSOLUTELY THE COMMUNITY SHOULD BE INVOLVED WITH MGM AND THEY SHOULD COMMUNICATE ON WHAT SITUATIONS THAT ARE EVOLVING. ITS NOT RIGHT THAT THEY ARE NOT MEETING. IN THE EXECUTIVE ORDER, SARNO SAID THE COMMITTEE’S FOCUS SHOULD BE ON THE RECREATIONAL, CULTURAL, AND HISTORIC RESOURCES OF THE CITY. MIKE: COUNCILOR LEDERMAN TOLD 22NEWS THE CITY COUNCIL HAS ITS OWN CASINO ADVISORY COMMITTEE, WHICH HAS BEEN MEETING REGULARLY TO MAKE SURE MGM SPRINGFIELD IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO THE HOST COMMUNITY AGREEMENT. LIVE IN SPRINGFIELD, MM, 22NEWS.

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