Basile Calls on Massachusetts Gaming Commission to Delay Awarding Casino Licenses until Voters Have Their Say

June 25, 2014
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East Boston, MA – Democratic State Rep. Carlo Basile released the following statement today after the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a question on repealing casino gaming in Massachusetts will be on the ballot this fall:

“I applaud the Supreme Judicial Court for allowing the people to vote on this important issue. Last fall, the people of East Boston voted against allowing a casino in our backyards and I respect that decision. In November, our neighbors will head to the ballot box to decide whether casinos should be allowed anywhere in the Commonwealth.

“I call upon the Gaming Commission to delay awarding licenses to any casinos until voters have had their say. We need to have stability in our communities as we deal with these important decisions.

“As we move toward November, let’s work together to make sure the discussion about repealing casinos is thoughtful, inclusive and neighborly. My job is to represent all of the people of East Boston and to help those in need as I have always done. I will work to continue to bring home our fair share of resources from the Commonwealth and maintain our vision to keep East Boston moving forward.”

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    Statement from Mr. Basile’s opponent in this race, Celeste Ribeiro Myers:

    “We, the people, are the winners and beneficiaries of yesterday’s ruling by the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts that allows voters to decide in November whether or not to repeal the 2011 casino gambling law. Regardless of how you feel about casino gambling, this was an ill-conceived law from the start, a reality born out in a process marked with many missteps, a lack of transparency, and even the occasional end-run around the law.

    The events in Eastern Massachusetts since last November’s vote in East Boston and Revere should serve as exhibit A for the brokenness of this legislation. After being defeated at the polls in East Boston, the casino proposal for Suffolk Downs was given new life by the Gaming Commission to proceed as a “Revere-only” project. Even our local elected officials, and later our new mayor, wrote letters of objection to the commission’s ruling vowing to defend Eastie residents’ votes. The Mayor sought host community status for a “revised project” that has every bit as much of an impact on the the people of East Boston as the one we voted down in November. Last night, in Revere, residents and leaders of impacted areas had a final opportunity to speak out about this project before the commission decides between the two Eastern Massachusetts casino proposals.

    Not a single local elected official (or any of their aides) representing Boston, let alone heavily impacted East Boston, showed up.

    When I am your representative, I pledge to work tirelessly for you. When an opportunity arises to use my position to defend my neighbors or my neighborhood, I will not balk. My number one priority is the community, and I promise to show my dedication not only with words — but action as well.

    We can all celebrate that democracy will shine in November, when we have the opportunity to repeal a law that threatens both the Commonwealth and our neighborhood. While I do not know how residents of the Commonwealth will vote, I fully support their ability to do so. The stakes could not be higher.”

    http://www.celesteforeastboston.com/

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