Springfield City Council President Jimmy Ferrera sent a letter to Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno asking to speak directly to leaders from MGM and Penn National Gaming.
Concerns have risen about some of the casino developers projects across the world, based on media reports.
Ferrera, on behalf of the casino site committee is looking for answers.
Below is the letter that Councilor Ferrera sent to Mayor Sarno:
Honorable Mayor Sarno
Dear Mayor Sarno,
I wanted to officially inform you of a decision voted upon by the Springfield Casino Site Committee last evening, at our February 6, 2013 meeting. I am hopeful that the city's gaming consultant who attended the meeting has already briefed you on our concerns.
After disturbing information regarding both Springfield casino developers was submitted to the Committee, the Committee unanimously voted to contact both MGM and Penn National Gaming to come before the group to address these issues in a public forum. These issues range from MGM's organized crime connections to Penn National Gaming's reported ill-treatment of race track horses. These and other issues have been reported and documented by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and other media sources.
We recognize the process that your Administration has been conducting and we recognize the oversight authority of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to look into these issues. However, we believe that it is imperative to get answers and explanations from Springfield's two gaming developers as we move further into a developers election decision and referendum. We are obligated to provide a full set of facts to the people of Springfield.
The committee did vote to support a multi-host agreement and prior to that voted to have a city wide referendum.
As always, I am at your disposal at anytime to further discuss this matter.
City Council President