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    Menino reiterates support for Suffolk Downs

    Mayor Thomas M. Menino spoke at the Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel today.
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    Mayor Thomas M. Menino spoke at the Boston Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel today.

    Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino reiterated his support for construction of a casino at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, saying he felt it was the best site for one of the new gambling resorts authorized under a new state law.

    “I’m just looking for the best one. I think it’s Suffolk Downs,” he said. “It’s near the airport. It’s near the convention center. It’s near the center of the [state’s] largest community. It’s a natural to me.”

    Menino’s comments came a day after New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and casino mogul Steve Wynn pitched a $1 billion casino resort across from Gillette Stadium.

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    The gambling company Caesar’s was already teaming up with Suffolk Downs on a bid to build a casino in East Boston.

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    The two proposals would be competing head-to-head in the Boston region, where one of three resort casino licenses will be awarded. The region, defined in the new law, stretches as far west as Worcester and as far south as Norfolk County, where the football stadium is located.

    Kraft and Wynn are expected to be tough to beat. But Menino said, “It’s a long process. It’s not Bob Kraft making the decision. It’s a five-member commission making the decision.”