Mayor to Gaming Commission: Play by house rules or fold - Metro US

Mayor to Gaming Commission: Play by house rules or fold

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission needs to play by the house rules and stop violating the state’s casino laws, Mayor Marty Walsh said Thursday.

The city filed an amended civil complaint aiming to nullify all of Gaming Commission’s decisions regarding the Wynn Casino and Resort in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday.

The 152-page suit demands that Gaming Commission chair Stephen Crosby should have recused himself from the licensing process after running into controversial land ownership issues between the City of Boston and Everett.

It also seeks to nullify the Commission’s decisions, including the awarded license to Wynn and further seeks to disqualify all commissioners of making decisions in the region.

“The only way in and out of proposed Casino in through the City of Boston on a City of Boston road that is not zoned for a casino,” Mayor Walsh said at a press conference held on the rotary at Sullivan Square in Charlestown on Thursday. “As a result, the land that Wynn is licensed to use for their casino is landlocked. No entry, does not require new impacts to Boston.”

The front door of the casino is currently stationed on Boston land, making Boston a host city for the facility.

“They claim they require additional property in Everett for the front entrance, but has failed to legally acquire any land from Everett,” Walsh said. “That makes it crystal clear that Boston has always been a host. The citizens of Boston should have the right to vote on the Wynn proposal. They should be able to decide for themselves if the benefits will outweigh the burdens.”

Wynn has not completed certain requirements of its licensing and has missed a permit deadline by six months.

“We need to start the process all over again,” Walsh said. “On many fronts, the City of Boston has been extremely disrespected.”

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