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Mixed feelings about East Boston vote on Suffolk Downs casino

Posted by Your Town  November 6, 2013 03:27 PM

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With the future of Suffolk Downs unclear and East Boston voters rejecting the racetrack’s bid for a casino, Sen. Anthony Petruccelli, an East Boston Democrat, said he had mixed feelings about voters in his neighborhood rejecting a casino proposal Tuesday.

"While as a supporter of the proposed casino at Suffolk Downs, I'm disappointed, I am thrilled at the activism that took place on both sides," Petruccelli told the News Service.

Much of the horse track is in East Boston, but another portion of track and a total of 52 acres lies in Revere, which approved Suffolk’s proposal 6,566 - 4,232 on Tuesday.

Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo has suggested the project, which has yet to line up a casino partner after parting with Caesars Entertainment, could proceed in Revere alone.

“We thank the people of East Boston for allowing us to state our case for thousands of jobs for local residents and we appreciate the support we received,” Suffolk Chief Operating Officer Chip Tuttle said in a statement. “We will reassess our plans based on tonight’s results.”

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