Revamped Casino Resort Bill Passes Key Legislative Committee

MGM Bridgeport rendering
Rendering of MGM Bridgeport.

What appeared dead is still alive. The state legislature’s Public Safety Committee by a 22-3 vote Friday afternoon approved a bill that calls for an open, competitive process with Bridgeport in play as the host city for a waterfront gaming facility. What changed? The original bill called for scrapping last year’s approval by the legislature for a casino in East Windsor operated by the state’s two tribal nations that run Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. The current bill strips out that language so the East Windsor facility stands and a competitive process will take place for a fourth state casino. MGM Resorts has proposed a $675 million resort and casino destination at Steelpointe Harbor.

This is not a done deal. The bill must now pass the full State House and Senate. See vote tally here.

State Rep. Chris Rosario, a major casino supporter for Bridgeport says, “Never say die and I will never surrender. Bridgeport will gets its day in the sun. We will not be denied.”

From Mayor Joe Ganim:

“I am extremely proud of the courage and leadership of the entire Bridgeport legislative delegation, who appeared together in unity and strength to stand up for real economic development in the Bridgeport-New Haven region. Senators Gomes and Moore, Representatives Baker, Rosario, Stafstrom, Santiago, Stallworth and Hennessy have each shown tremendous resolve and a visionary approach to successful growth and prosperity for all in Connecticut. They are as valuable a delegation as a community can have. I also want to compliment all the other legislators in Hartford–including West Hartford’s Representative Joe Verrengia–who persevered, moved forward and made this important jobs bill successful in committee. This is a casino bill for Bridgeport which also keeps jobs in other parts of the state. It’s an important jobs bill, and Connecticut needs jobs. This is a clear signal to the business community that we are open for investment from companies outside of Connecticut who are looking to plant seeds and grow here, and help us develop our new economy. Now let’s push forward for an open, transparent process to bring thousands more jobs to Connecticut!”

Uri Clinton, Senior Vice President and Legal Counsel for MGM Resorts International issued this statement:

“We continue to believe strongly that the proposal we have developed for a world-class resort casino in Bridgeport, and the thousands of jobs and millions in revenue it would bring to the city, the region and the state is in Connecticut’s best interest.

Our plan has earned the support of Mayors, small business owners, chambers of commerce, labor unions, council members, community leaders, people seeking good-paying jobs and their elected officials. Those voices absolutely deserve to be heard by allowing a full discussion and public vote on a competitive process plan. It is the best way for the state to compare proposals on a level playing field, side-by-side, to get the best deal for Connecticut.

MGM will continue to advocate actively for a fair and full opportunity to compete for Connecticut’s commercial gaming license.”



    1. List of casinos in the U.S. state of New York
      Casino City County State District Type Comments
      Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Hogansburg Franklin New York Native American
      Batavia Downs Casino Batavia Genesee New York Racino
      Del Lago Resort and Casino Tyre Seneca New York Commercial All table games permitted.
      Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway Yonkers Westchester New York Racino All table games are automated.
      The Fairgrounds Gaming Hamburg Erie New York Racino
      Jake’s 58 Hotel & Casino Islandia Suffolk New York Commercial
      Finger Lakes Gaming and Race Track Farmington Ontario New York Racino
      Lakeside Entertainment Union Springs Cayuga New York Native American
      Mohawk Bingo Palace and Casino Akwesasne Franklin New York Native American
      Monticello Gaming & Raceway Monticello Sullivan New York Racino
      Point Place Casino Bridgeport Madison New York Native American Scheduled to open in March 2018[1]
      Resorts World Catskills Kiamesha Lake Sullivan New York Commercial
      Resorts World New York City Ozone Park Queens New York Racino All table games are automated.
      Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady Schenectady New York Commercial All table games permitted
      Saratoga Casino and Raceway Saratoga Springs Saratoga New York Racino
      Seneca Allegany Casino Salamanca Cattaraugus New York Native American
      Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino Buffalo Erie New York Native American
      Seneca Gaming and Entertainment Irving Irving Cattaraugus New York Native American
      Seneca Gaming and Entertainment Oil Spring Cuba Allegany New York Native American
      Seneca Gaming and Entertainment Salamanca Salamanca Cattaraugus New York Native American
      Seneca Niagara Casino Niagara Falls Niagara New York Native American
      Tioga Downs & Casino Nichols Tioga New York Racino
      Turning Stone Resort & Casino Verona Oneida New York Native American
      Vernon Downs & Casino Vernon Oneida New York Racino
      Yellow Brick Road Casino Chittenango Madison New York Native American

      1. Jim, I’m curious, what is the purpose of your presenting the list of casinos in NY? Is it to show the large number of competitors that a Bridgeport casino will be up against, diluting the pool of customers available?

        1. Flubie, when Atlantic City was going under New York State had Seven casinos ,they now have 25 And counting. Ct, is always out of step with the times, we need jobs in Bridgeport and I’m ready to roll the Dice on jobs!

  1. The big question to me is why did Gomes leave before the bill was even passed or not he said he left at 9 in a ct post article I read. To me that is incompetent and ineffective leadership!!!! I like Gomes but dam thats bad! Bad for the city!!!! Anyhow I would love a casino in the city!!!! no need to drive all the way to mohegan or foxwoods ever again! I support the casino 100 percent!!!

    1. donj, the bill was not up for consideration Thursday night. What took place Thursday was a public hearing before the Public Safety Committee. Gomes is a member of that committee. Gomes was ambushed by committee leadership. He left Thursday night thinking a vote would be on the agenda for Friday. Committee chairs yanked it. Late Thursday night he learned about it. On Friday Gomes was among the committee members who resurrected the bill.

          1. Thanks LG.
            I think it’s a positive step forward for Bridgeport’s desperately needed employment opportunities. But it sure would suck if it turns out to be a political predetermined grand illusion.

    1. Kid-oh yee of little faith? We are still up at bat. Baseball is in the Bible. Genesis Chapter One, Verse One: In The Big Inning!

      I do not think this legislation will pass. It is arbitrary and capricious. Why would any entity pay a license fee when another ( Least Windsor ) got it for free? It doesn’t make any cents.

      A great unified effort by our Bridgeport Delegation.

      Senator Larceny, Your Irish Rig Is Up!

      It’s a long road to Tipperary. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

  2. There is not,as of a week ago, enough support in the house to pass the bill. Mgm has to be careful that it is not done as two bills. Now commercial gaming has come to the most corrupt city in the state. I am fairly sure this will fall into the governors lap.

  3. Irish Quotes
    May those who love us love us.
    And those that don’t love us,
    May God turn their hearts.
    And if He doesn’t turn their hearts,
    May he turn their ankles,
    So we’ll know them by their limping.

  4. Charlie: The most corrupt city in the state is Hartford — within the Capitol and at the city level (note the rigged Bronin election which followed the corrupt Segarra regime)… The next most corrupt city is Stamford — the largest recipient of corrupt development deals/taxpayer largess in the state (it is really the origin/major $ conduit of the real/major corruption in Connecticut…). If you compare the Samford-Hartford corruption, Bridgeport corruption is truly minor and incidental.

    Let’s keep things in perspective now…

    There will be lots of casino surprises in Hartford this session, and a lot of familiar legislative names will find their government careers losing to the house on this casino gamble. The name “Larson” is the first loser to come to mind — with his fall dragging down his brother’s US House seat with his State Senate demise in the 2018 Connecticut election “lottery”…


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