Windsor Locks Select Board rejected Bradley Airport casino

Airport Authority Executive Director "disappointed"

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WWLP) – A casino 15 minutes away from MGM Springfield is no longer a possibility. The Windsor Locks board of selectmen heard Bradley International Airport’s casino proposal Tuesday night.

There were 3 proposed locations on airport property: the long-closed Terminal B, the newly constructed Transportation Center, or at the airport’s Sheraton hotel.

However, Tuesday night, just after 6:30, 2 of the 3 selectmen voted to reject the proposal that was put forward by the airport; Dennis Gragnolati, Selectman and Michael Russo, Selectman.

Windsor Locks First Selectman Steve Warwuck was the only selectman in favor. He said, “People go to Bradley. They know Bradley. It’s a destination already. It fits well with the model that they are trying to propose. Put in a casino within a new terminal, and moving forward in that venture.”

Airport Authority Executive Director Keven Dillon, called it “a lost opportunity.” He said, “We’re disappointed. We think that there’s a real opportunity for revenue to the town and jobs for the town, but again, the town has spoken and we certainly respect the position that they’ve taken.”

Some residents regretted not having the chance to speak. Denise Balboni said, “There should be a public hearing. This is a big deal and we need more voices and input from people on something that would have such a dramatic input on our community.”

Connecticut’s two tribes, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, are still looking for ways to keep gamblers in the state when MGM Springfield opens its doors in 2018. East Hartford and East Windsor have shown interest in hosting a casino.

East Hartford, Connecticut just voted Tuesday night to move forward and submit a casino proposal for their town.

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