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In its motion, Interior argues that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act cited by MGM is not relevant to the case because the nations are not looking to build a casino on tribal lands.
MGM admits that its hopes to siphon loyal Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun gamblers across the border were overly optimistic.
“MGM pursues litigation because that's what MGM does,” said Andrew Doba, spokesman for the tribes' MMCT joint venture.
East Windsor leaders say the town could see approximately $8.5 million per year from property taxes and an agreement made with the tribes if the proposed Tribal Winds casino opens.
"I haven't been able to solve that nut yet," said Lamont on the feud between MGM Resorts International and the tribes.
"We should not settle for anything short of the best deal possible," said Rep. Christopher Rosario, a co-sponsor of the bill.
"Let’s sit down, guys, and figure it out," said Gov. Lamont to the tribes and MGM Resorts International.
The New York State Gaming Commission had planned to vote on multiple licenses related to MGM's purchase of Empire City.
An effort by Indian tribes to collaborate on a new casino on nontribal land in East Windsor received another setback this weekend.
“This idea that there is a never-ending market for gaming is totally false," said Libertarian Party candidate Rod Hanscomb in his rejection of the MGM Bridgeport proposal.
“Four years ago, we only did a small fraction of our business in Fairfield and Litchfield. That’s no longer the case," said the group's president, H. Scott Phelps.
Among the questions still to be addressed is how the new concert venue will peacefully coexist with the Webster Bank Arena next door.
Felix Rappaport, president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino, died yesterday afternoon at the age of 65 in his residential suite in the Mashantucket-based gaming destination.