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Mayor Sarno joins voters in effort to stop nullification of MGM casino vote

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Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno joined nine other Springfield voters in a legal effort to prevent the nullification of the Springfield vote approving the agreement with MGM, according to Mayor Sarno's Communications Director Jim Leydon.

In July, 58 percent of Springfield voters approved a world-class, resort style entertainment proposal negotiated with MGM Springfield. The agreement has been submitted to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission with its application for a permit to locate a destination resort casino in Springfield's South End.

"A lawsuit concerning the legality of a petition to repeal the Gaming Legislation is pending in the Supreme Judicial Court based on the casino opponent's challenge to the Attorney General's conclusion that Article 48 of the Massachusetts Constitution prohibits a referendum that would repeal the Gaming Legislation," Leydon stated in a news release.

Springfield is the only city or town in Region B (Western Mass.) that has approved a casino within its borders. The ten voters have filed a motion in the pending lawsuit to join and submit arguments concerning the legality of the proposition, Leydon stated.

"The initiative petition intimately relates to the rights of the city under the Host Community Agreement approved by voters city wide. Our efforts are aimed solely at assuring that the SJC gets the Springfield perspective as to the legality of the initiative petition," said City Solicitor Edward M. Pikula.

The Springfield voters include: Domenic J. Sarno, Don Silverman, Robert Taddia, Carol Kerr, Dawn Rogers, Michelle Barnaby, Deborah Y. Little, Mario Fiore, Ray Corporale and Nicole Griffin, according to Leydon.

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