This op-ed was submitted by Ward Six Everett City Councilor Michael J. McLaughlin.
Saturday, January 19
The following op-ed piece was submitted by Michael J. McLaughlin, Ward Six City Councilor for the City of Everett, regarding the proposed casino project and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino's recent comments on the matter. As late November set in, the City of Everett was thrust into the spotlight and into the middle of an ongoing Region A Casino License process. It is a great honor as a first-term City Councilor to have the opportunity to be involved in trying to reactivate a long-dormant site in my area, namely Ward 6. A project of this magnitude could and will bring in thousands of jobs to the City of Everett, which is currently facing a 6 percent unemployment rate in both construction and full-time, long-lasting jobs. In addition, it would …
The mayor said Tuesday that the developer of a Boston-area casino project had not yet approached the city with a proposal.
Mayor Thomas Menino said though he believes a casino project in Everett would impact Boston greatly, the developer behind that proposal has yet to seek input from city officials. Following a press conference on his 2013-14 state legislative session goals, Menino was asked about Wynn LLC’s recent application to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to construct a resort-casino along the Mystic River in Everett and whether he thought the project would affect city traffic. “You’d have to go through Charlestown, over the city’s property. That’s the gateway into the Everett site,” Menino said. “I’ve talked to several folks in development who’ve said to me that Boston leads into the site.” The mayor also had concerns about how a nearby casino …