BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – Governor Deval Patrick said Boston Mayor Marty Walsh asked him to call Chair of the Gaming Commission Steve Crosby. Walsh wanted to see if Patrick could get Crosby to delay the gaming commission vote by one week on whether Boston is a host community for both Revere and Everett casino proposals.
Patrick appointed Crosby as chairman of the gaming commission, and Walsh served as a State Representative at the State House with Patrick. In the end, that phone call to Crosby worked and the vote was delayed. Boston is trying to go for host community status, something that will give the city a chance to vote on the casino and potentially even block it.
Walsh wanted the delay because he said it would give him more time to reach a deal with the casino operators, Wynn Resorts and Mohegan Sun. However, in a statement Wynn told FOX 25 they haven't met with the Walsh administration in weeks. Mohegan Sun hasn't said whether or not they've had contact with Walsh's people recently.
Bottom line, typically the governor says he stays out of gaming commission business. In fact he said that very thing one day after he made the call.
So our Political Reporter Sharman Sacchetti asked him about it.
“Well I think as I’ve said before they're both good people but the volume has escalated between them, the mayor needed another week to conclude or try to conclude his negotiations with developers, but he was afraid his request wasn't going to be honored on its own by the commission so I was willing to ask on his behalf that he be given that week. What he does on that week is up to him,” he said.
Walsh would not comment.
Patrick says he is not endorsing either project. He says he just wanted to move the process forward. When asked if he thought a casino proposal would be approved by the end of the year, this was his response.
“I want the law implemented and implemented with care and thoughtfully. I think it's probably better to get it right than to get it fast, and there's a lot of money at stake as well. So there's bound to be arguments, there may even be litigation. I hope not, but I think they'll get to a good place in the end,” Patrick said.
So next week is a big week for casinos. Monday the Supreme Judicial Court is set to take up an appeal on a proposed November ballot referendum to repeal the casino law. The court is expected to issue a decision in July.
And later in the week, the Gaming Commission is expected to decide if Boston qualifies as a host community for either the Wynn project or the Mohegan Sun project.