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Plainville officials press ahead with slots parlor planning

The future of Plainridge Racecourse hinges on plans to add a slot machine operation. However. state investigators  vetting the track for the state’s sole slots-only license discovered that Gary T. Piontkowski (above left) had made personal cash withdrawals from  Plainridge’s money room for years. He resigned as president of the track in April.
The future of Plainridge Racecourse hinges on plans to add a slot machine operation. However. state investigators vetting the track for the state’s sole slots-only license discovered that Gary T. Piontkowski (above left) had made personal cash withdrawals from Plainridge’s money room for years. He resigned as president of the track in April. Credit: Plainridge Racecourse

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Plainville officials said local planning for a slots parlor at Plainridge Racecourse will go forward, despite revelations over cash withdrawals by the struggling track’s former president.

“We’ve come too far to alter course,” Town Administrator Joseph Fernandes said Thursday in an interview.

State investigators vetting the track for Massachusetts’ sole slot parlor license discovered that Gary T. Piontkowski made personal cash withdrawals from the track’s money room for years, and that apparently led to Piontkowski’s resignation in April. At the time, Plainridge officials cited health reasons for the resignation.

Details of Plainridge’s finances were the subject of a daylong hearing conducted Thursday by the state gambling commission, less than three weeks after Plainville selectmen signed a host community agreement with the track.

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