CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will have the final say as to who gets awarded the western Massachusetts casino license.
22News I-Team reporter Ryan Walsh spoke with the Chairman of the Gaming Commission on Monday at the 22News studios.
Stephen Crosby heads a five person commission that has the task of picking which casino projects will get built.
(How important is margin of victory when these cities and towns go to the referendums?)
"In the end we will be considering the extent of community of support. Not just the host community, but the surrounding communities as well. If all other things were equal and you had one community with a 90-10 vote in favor and another community with a 51-49. The 90-10 would say something to us," said Crosby.
(Do you anticipate sticking with the deadlines for the RFA Phase 2 application and potentially picking some casinos in April?)
"We certainly won't change the December 31 when the Phase 2 applications have to be in and I think we'll probably make our April deadline for our final decisions so 8-9 months from now people should know," said Crosby.
(Have you decided which region will be picked first?)
"No, but there won't be a material difference, certainly no more than two, three, four weeks apart," said Crosby.
Crosby told 22News how the commission will eventually choose which casino developer will be awarded a license. "We have come up with very comprehensive evaluation criteria, I forget how many but hundreds. We will weight them good, better best. In western Mass. the three proposals, which one is better, which one is good, which one is the best."