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Dykema calls on commision to find Foxwoods unsuitable for casino

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In a letter sent last week to the state Gaming Commission, state Representative Carolyn Dykema of Holliston called for commissioners to dismiss Foxwoods from consideration for a gaming license in Massachusetts. The Connecticut company is proposing a $1 billion casino in Milford. Dykema, who has opposed the project from the start, highlighted a number of reasons she says the Foxwoods casino application should be found unsuitable. She wrote that the recent embezzlement conviction of the past president of Foxwoods’ management council shows “a pattern of ambivalence toward criminal activity,” and that the company has a history of poor fiscal management and a poor track record in planning, managing, and financing projects. In an e-mail response to Dykema’s letter, Foxwoods president and CEO Scott Butera said the Gaming Commission is aware of the issues Dykema raised. “Everything in Representative’s Dykema’s letter has been or is being considered and thoroughly vetted by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission,” he said. “To think that these issues aren’t being addressed is not accurate. At the end of the day, we believe our best practices will stand up at the suitability hearing.”