Mayor Martin J. Walsh is doubling down on his assertion that the city of Boston has the power to decide the fate of two casino proposals on its borders, and rejecting the authority of the state gambling commission to rule otherwise.
The city declared last week that under the 2011 casino law it is a host community to a Wynn Resorts casino plan in Everett and a Mohegan Sun casino proposal at Suffolk Downs in Revere, the thoroughbred racetrack that straddles the East Boston-Revere city line. If Walsh gets his way, the Charlestown neighborhood would win the right to vote on the Wynn project, and East Boston voters would decide the future of Mohegan Sun’s plan.
The commission, in response, tentatively planned a formal hearing next week to review Boston’s assertions.
But Walsh now says that the city’s declarations that it is a host community were not an invitation for the commission to get involved in the matter.
“To the contrary,” Thomas Frongillo, a lawyer representing the city, wrote in a follow-up letter Tuesday, “there is a significant preliminary legal question concerning whether the commission has jurisdiction to decide the issue of Boston’s host community status.
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