Opponents Of Proposed East Windsor Casino Praise Lawsuit Dismissal Decision

Emily Archacki
October 02, 2018 - 2:45 pm

FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTIC) Over the weekend, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by the state of Connecticut and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe against the United States Department of the Interior.

The lawsuit sought to force approval of the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes’ revised revenue sharing agreement with the state, which under Connecticut State Law is a requirement to move ahead with plans for a proposed casino in East Windsor.

The Coalition Against Casino Expansion in Connecticut is praising the federal judge’s decision.

“We’re very pleased about the ruling that happened over the weekend because we’re opposed to any casino expansion,” said Michele Mudrick, organizer of the Coalition Against Casino Expansion. “We are pleased by the possibility of the East Windsor casino not opening.”

The latest ruling could be an opening for other organizations who may want to expand casino gaming in other areas of the state.

Mudrick predicts that Connecticut will see negative economic and social effects from MGM’s new casino in Springfield, Mass. She hopes the federal ruling does not put new life into MGM’s proposal for a casino to be built in Bridgeport.

“The reality is if a casino opened in Bridgeport, it would drastically affect the two casinos that we have in Connecticut, possibly so much so that one could close,” said Mudrick.

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes say they are disappointed by the ruling. The two groups would jointly operate the proposed East Windsor casino and are now reviewing their current options.