Sunday, April 26, 2015

Gaming Foes Zero In On Nutter For Predicting Casino Construction

Casino-Free Philadelphia has been railing about Mayor Nutter since he held a press conference last week to say the city would not try to stall two proposed casinos in the city. Here's the headline from a recent CFP e-mail to reporters: Mayor Breaks Multiple Promises Regarding Casino Development in Philadelphia. You can read more about that here.

Gaming Foes Zero In On Nutter For Predicting Casino Construction

Casino-Free Philadelphia has been railing about Mayor Nutter since he held a press conference last week to say the city would not try to stall construction of two proposed casinos in the city.  Here's the headline from a recent CFP e-mail to reporters:  Mayor Breaks Multiple Promises Regarding Casino Development in Philadelphia.  You can read more about that here.

Nutter yesterday burst out laughing yesterday when asked if his position on casinos helped him win the mayor's race last year, saying he "rarely talked about casinos."  Nutter did voice support as a candidate for a ballot measure that would have asked voters if casinos should be banned from building within 1,500 feet of residences, schools, churches and other public places.  A legal challenge stripped that question from the ballot.

Nutter still says casinos would "not be my first choice" for economic development.  But the two casinos -- SugarHouse in Fishtown and Foxwoods, approved for South Philly but now considering Eighth and Market streets -- were approved by the state and the mayor has no power to stop them, he added.

"I think folks have to understand the difference between your personal view and the reality of the law," Nutter said. "You can’t find a statement anywhere from me saying I was going to fight to prevent them from being here. My issue with casinos was the location."

Nutter succeeded in getting Foxwoods to consider a new location but couldn't persuade SugarHouse, which has gone to the state Supreme Court seeking help for what it says is stalling tactics by the city.  As for Casino-Free Philadelphia, Nutter said the group's real fight was in Harrisburg, where the General Assembly passed the law allowing casinos in the state.

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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