Dykema questions Milford casino application

State Representative Carolyn Dykema, a Democrat from Holliston who is a vocal opponent of the proposed casino in Milford, sent a letter to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission last week questioning the validity of the license application filed by the developers. Dykema’s letter outlines her concern that the owners of Connecticut’s Foxwoods Resort Casino, now taking the lead in proposing the $1 billion complex off Interstate 495, are not named in the list of “qualifiers” subject to background checks on license applications. The background checks “are viewed by the Legislature as essential to promoting the highest standards of quality and ethics for gaming operations in the Commonwealth,” she wrote in the letter. While Foxwoods president Scott Butera’s name is listed, Dykema noted that members of the “Foxwoods ownership council are conspicuously absent.” She asked for an immediate response from the commission, and warned that “if left unaddressed, these concerns will jeopardize public confidence in the final outcome of the licensing decision.”