Opponents of Suffolk Downs casino plan thank voters, God

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November 10, 2013, 6:39 pm
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(NECN: John Moroney) - Sunday was a day of prayer and reflection at the Most Holy Redeemer Church in East Boston as casino opponents rallied outside, giving thanks to voters and God for the results of Tuesday's election.

"Today is just a celebration of our win," said Celeste Myers of No Eastie Casino. "It's been overshadowed a little bit by some murmurings coming out of Revere, more than murmurings."
 
Tuesday, East Boston rejected a proposal for a billion-dollar casino at Suffolk Downs. But voters in neighboring Revere approved locating a part of the casino in their community, prompting Suffolk Downs to say it plans to look at moving the entire project to Revere.

"The moves that have been coming out of Suffolk Downs insisting on a Revere-side only casino seems to us a mockery of democracy," said Pedro Morales of Friends of East Boston.

Opponents insist the entire project could not be moved without another vote in Revere. This week, Stephen Crosby, chairman of the state's Gaming Commission told NECN's Peter Howe he would not comment on a hypothetical proposal, but that his group would listen if there is another formal one.

"Our rules are flexible to try and let us try and implement the intent of the law. And if you have a willing community and a willing applicant, then we will do our best to accommodate them," said Crosby.

Regardless of what happens in Revere, opponents are not going away. They've already started collecting signatures in hopes getting a question on the statewide ballot that would outlaw casinos entirely.

"We're collecting 70,000 signatures. We're going to put this on the ballot next year, so all of Massachusetts has the opportunity to vote on this," said John Ribeiro of the Committee to Repeal the Casino Deal.

Tags: Boston, massachusetts, East Boston, Revere, John Moroney, Suffolk Downs, John Ribeiro, Stephen Crosby, No Eastie Casino, Celeste Myers, Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Eastie, Most Holy Redeemer Church, Pedro Morales
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