Malloy Examines Gaming Options

From Mark Pazniokas, CT Mirror:

Empire City Casino, a new look for a century-old harness-racing track in Yonkers, N.Y., now has 5,300 slot machines to entice some of the gamblers who used to speed by on their way north to Connecticut’s tribal casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.

Rhode Island has new casinos in Lincoln and Newport, offering thousands of slots and electronic table games. And Massachusetts decided this year to join in by authorizing a slots parlor and three casino resorts.

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  1. Tom Lombard is right. Start with the fact Bridgeport has no jobs.
    A Casino with off-track betting, table-games-only Casinos and Sports book parlors along with Hotels/Entertainment centers would bring in thousand of jobs overnight and tax revenues in the millions.
    We don’t need slot machines, we need a new industry and that’s gaming; RFP Trump and Wynn.
    New York State has Six racinos and next year Aqueduct will be the seventh.

    As of 2006, racinos are legal in nine states: Delaware, Louisiana, Maine, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. The first racino in Pennsylvania opened in November 2006. West Virginia pioneered the concept when MTR Gaming Group was allowed to introduce video lottery terminals (VLTs) to Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort in Chester. Delaware, Rhode Island, and West Virginia, all members of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL; best known for Powerball), in fact jointly run a jackpot VLT game, Ca$hola.

  2. Fluck,
    You are absolutely correct. Tom Lombard proposed this in his failed attempt to win a state senate seat. It was won by the Honorable Rev. Stallworth, whatever happened to separation of Church & State? Maybe the Rev. will consult with Lombard and bring this dream into reality. Better yet, put Tom Lombard in charge of economic development. He seems to be more interested in prosperity versus a city paycheck.

  3. www

    A History of Connecticut’s Golden Hill Paugussett Tribe by Charles Brilvitch provides a heart-wrenching account of how many Paugussetts were misnamed during censuses and mislabeled as African American losing their political power and heritage. They lived in a neighborhood called Little Liberia.

    They have an extremely small reservation in Trumbull (visualize a log cabin with a postage sized yard and a couple of trucks)–and have ticked off vast neighborhoods by putting liens on their property in attempt to reclaim their lands. Every time I bring up their name, my husband gets upset about it (and it hasn’t even happened to us).

    After reading Brilvitch’s book, I don’t blame them. They’ve wanted a casino in Bridgeport for years. Perhaps they might forgive some of those liens in exchange for a mini-casino and some recognition.


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