Suffolk County district attorney and Boston mayoral candidate Daniel F. Conley on Saturday doubled-down on his calls for a citywide vote on a proposed casino in East Boston and sharply criticized the city councilors running against him for not holding community hearings on the issue.
But despite his repeated calls for a citywide vote, council members continued to stand by their decision to allow East Boston residents exclusively to decide if their community becomes home to casino gambling.
“The Boston City Council continues to play a game of avoidance when it comes to the question of whether the vote on the proposed casino should be limited to East Boston or take place citywide,” Conley said in a statement. “Not only is the council unwilling to vote on the matter but has refused to hold even one hearing.”
According to state law, the casino vote will be restricted to East Boston residents unless the council and Mayor Thomas M. Menino take action to change that.
“The council’s strategy is clear — hide behind a cleverly crafted state law,” Conley said. “This is shameful for the members of the council and especially those who aspire to be called citywide leaders.”
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