Some Living Near Proposed Mass. Casino Sites Feel Left Out

By Bob Salsberg, Associated Press

WALPOLE (AP) — Walpole residents like Mike McCarthy who live just yards away from the site of a proposed casino may not have any say in whether its built.

The state’s new casino law requires a vote of approval by residents of a “host community.” The $1 billion resort proposed by Las Vegas casino operator Steve Wynn on land owned by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is located within the town of Foxborough.

McCarthy, who has two young children, worries about the impact a casino would have so close to his home.

The casino law does require developers to negotiate “mitigation” agreements with surrounding communities that could include money for traffic improvement of additional police.

Stephen Crosby, chair of the five-member gaming commission that will oversee casino gambling, says neighboring cities and towns will have a “fair amount” of leverage in casino talks.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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