State Senator Cathy Osten, a fierce supporter of her eastern Connecticut district that includes the economic influence of tribal nations operating Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, has proposed a bill that calls for a casino in Bridgeport. Her bill expands the economic footprint of gaming to southern Connecticut.
On Wednesday she met with Mayor Joe Ganim, State Representatives Antonio Felipe and Jack Hennessy, as well as State Senator Dennis Bradley to build support for her bill. Bradley and Osten are the top officials on the Public Safety Committee where the bill originates.
From Mayor Joe Ganim:
Today, Mayor Ganim joined members of the Bridgeport State legislative delegation as well as Senator Cathy Osten to discuss the growth of gaming throughout Connecticut and to express continued interest in Bridgeport as home to near-future gaming developments.
The meeting was held to discuss Senator Osten’s proposed bill to expand gaming in the State of Connecticut to include: sports betting, iGaming, three entertainment zone facilities, as well as a brick and mortar casino in Bridgeport to be owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes. This first step begins a three month process to be included in the 2020 legislative session in Hartford.
Mayor Ganim stated, “We had a meeting that included good discussions about the expansion of gaming in Connecticut, the opportunity to site a facility in Bridgeport, and continual support of a smart development that will bring revenue and new jobs to our City.”