Councilors discuss who should vote on East Boston casino
BOSTON (WHDH) -- On Friday members of Boston’s City Council discussed who should be able to vote on the proposed casino at Suffolk Downs.
Mayor Thomas Menino and most of the councilors said they believe that the decision should belong only to those most directly impacted.
“I think it’s an East Boston vote only. It affects the people of East Boston immensely and they should be the ones having the decision,” Menino said.
City Councilor Matt O’Malley was one of three dissenting councilors at the forum. He said he believes the casino will have a bigger impact than a smaller development.
“I'm sorry but I reject that. You cannot equate a $1 billion casino with a roofdeck in South Boston or a dormer in Allston,” O’Malley said.
Residents of East Boston are concerned that people who don’t live in the neighborhood won’t understand the issues.
“I feel like the surrounding areas might not understand all of the traffic issues, might not understand the neighborhood,” Amy Teodecki said.
The full Boston City Council is expected to vote on the decision next week.