SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Some Springfield residents plan on continuing their fight against a western Massachusetts casino.
Citizens Against Casino Gaming acknowledged defeat, but they say the fight is not over. In fact, Citizens Against Casino Gaming's Michael Kogut told 22News this fight against a Springfield casino is just now beginning.
Kogut said less than 60% of voters here approved the referendum, and that will send a strong message to the State Gaming Commission. He pointed out the Wynn proposal for Everett had nearly 90% of voters approving the referendum.
So casino opponents are determined to prevent the Gaming Commission from awarding the gaming license to MGM.
Kogut said, "When the Gaming Commission is ready to decide which proposal to select, we are going to continue to document everything that's happened before this vote and after this vote and convince them that Springfield doesn't want this."
Nate Medina of Springfield told 22News, "We don't want it. We don't need it. There are other things we can invest our money in, and at the end of the day, a casino is not the answer."
Citizens Against Casino Gaming says urban casinos do not work. They believe an $800 million resort casino will have detrimental effects on small mom-and-pop shops.
They are also concerned about increased crime rates and problems with gambling addiction.