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Boston City Councilor Opposes Wynn Casino on Behalf of Charlestown at Hearing

LaMattina said Charlestown should be considered a host community and allowed to vote on the proposed casino.

Sal LaMattina. Credit: File photo.
Sal LaMattina. Credit: File photo.

The debate over a proposed Wynn Casino in Everett across the bridge from Charlestown's Sullivan Square has been ongoing, and Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina recently voiced his frustrations over the process to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

LaMattina testified at the commission's hearing on March 26, saying that Charlestown and Boston proper should be considered a host community and allowed to vote on the proposed casino, the Charlestown Bridge-Patriot reported.

At the hearing, LaMattina demanded that constituents in Charlestown be allowed to vote on the casino, and that Charlestown residents should be given a voice in the matter. About 60 percent of the casino’s estimated traffic would come by way of Sullivan Square in Charlestown, and LaMattina said it could be argued that Charlestown would endure more impacts than Everett, according to the report.

Moreover, LaMattina said that neither he nor residents in Charlestown have been advised as to how Wynn plans on cleaning the site of the proposed casino.

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