Patrick Names Steve Crosby Head Of State Gambling Commission

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Gov. Deval Patrick with Steve Crosby after the announcement

Gov. Deval Patrick with Steve Crosby after the announcement

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BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick has named Stephen Crosby, a former state official in Republican administrations, to chair a powerful commission that will oversee the state’s new casino gambling law.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Jim Smith reports

Crosby served as Secretary of Administration and Finance under Gov. Paul Cellucci and as chief of staff to acting Gov. Jane Swift.

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Patrick, a Democrat, said Tuesday that Crosby possesses the “integrity and strong management skills” needed to lead the panel.

It will have sweeping powers to decide which companies will win three coveted casino licenses and a single slots parlor license authorized by the new law.

Crosby said he’s committed to making the process as open as possible.

He said he doesn’t own stock in any casino firm and typically limits his gambling to the occasional scratch ticket.

Four other members still must be picked.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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