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Springfield mayor cool to regional casino meeting

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Springfield’s mayor is throwing cold water on a request by Holyoke’s mayor for a regional meeting to discuss casino development.

Both mayors are weighing casino proposals in their cities.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse sent letters earlier this week inviting officials in Springfield, Chicopee and several other communities to a meeting to discuss how a casino in the region might impact traffic, the environment and local businesses.

In his response to Morse on Thursday, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno did not rule out participation in such a meeting, but suggested it would be premature because developers have not yet submitted formal plans.

Sarno also pointed out that the state’s casino law already requires developers to negotiate so-called “mitigation” agreements with surrounding communities.

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