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Voices from Revere as casino proposal goes before voters

Posted by Your Town  November 5, 2013 05:35 PM

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Richard Chapman, 68, left the voting place at the American Legion Hall on Broadway in Revere Tuesday afternoon after voting in support of the proposed Suffolk Downs casino. The proposal is before voters in East Boston and Revere.

"I think it would be good for the area and I voted for it," Chapman said. "It will bring a lot of benefits, as long as the infrastructure is addressed properly."

Chapman, who is retired, said he believed Massachusetts was losing money to nearby states like Rhode Island and Connecticut that are home to casinos. He would also support a casino development in neighboring Everett, he said.

"I wouldn't have a problem with, but I would rather see it in Revere," he said.

Sandra Maio, 47, a software quality assurance consultant from Revere, said she voted against the development mainly because of concerns over increased traffic.

"I don't want a casino less than five miles from my house," she said. "Route 1A can't handle the traffic as it is."

Maio said she had some concerns over a possible negative social impact, but she was mostly concerned over the affect a casino would have on her commute.

"Adults are adults, they can do what they want," she said. "Although it could bring more crime, and we already have a problem with that around here."

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