SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The city's casino consultants are expected to meet with members of the state Gaming Commission next week.
During their weekly meeting on Tuesday, members of the casino commission asked Springfield to delay its casino search process by a week until city officials could meet with the commission at their next meeting.
This comes after the revelation that Shefsky & Froelich, the firm hired to advise Springfield in the casino search process, had MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming listed as clients in Illinois. City Solicitor Ed Pikula also said that the firm had a past relationship with Hard Rock International. All three are firms hoping to build a casino within the city.
A spokesman for the fourth firm hoping to develop a casino, Ameristar Casinos expressed concern about this revalation during an interview with the 22News I-Team last week.
Pikula says that there is no conflict of interest under the law.
"The City team looks forward to meeting and continuing to work with Chairman Crosby and the State Gaming Commission board members," said Tom Walsh, spokesperson for Mayor Domenic Sarno. Walsh told 22News that Pikula, Chief Development Officer Kevin Hennedy, and possibly the Mayor himself will meet with the Commission next week.