Mayor Walsh seeks more power over two Greater Boston casinos

Mayor Martin Walsh is seeking far greater power in the evaluation of casino proposals on the city’s border, declaring that Boston is entitled to hold a referendum on each proposal, to negotiate massive compensation packages with the developers and, if it so chooses, to block a casino from being built.

Walsh’s administration made the claim in two letters to the state gambling commission tonight, in which the city insists it is a “host community,’’ under the 2011 casino law, to the Mohegan Sun casino project in Revere and a Wynn Resorts proposal in Everett.

Both developers claim their projects, though very close to the city line, are not in Boston, and therefore the city is not a host community. The developers say Boston qualifies for a lesser designation that would permit the city to negotiate compensation to offset any negative effects of a casino, but without the power to block a project or the leverage to drive a rich deal.


The gambling commission is expected to address Boston’s status at a meeting tomorrow.

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