Morse changes mind on casinos — again
Holyoke mayor flips back to “no” on casinos
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse, who just over two weeks announced a stunning reversal of his strong anti-casino stand and said he would consider gambling proposals for his city, reversed course yet again, announcing that he is abandoning any consideration of a casino in Holyoke. The 22-year-old mayor authored this strong anti-casino commentary piece in the current issue of CommonWealth, which was released in October. Weeks later, he announced in this statement that he would consider a casino after all. Below is the statement Morse released today reversing that decision.
Late last month, I announced a change in my strategy to address the reality of a casino coming to our region. Since that announcement, I have come to recognize the flaws of such strategy. It has become increasingly clear that pursuing this conversation will only be a distraction from my administration’s broader economic goals, and I regret not realizing this fact sooner.
Today, I am halting all consideration of casino development in the City of Holyoke, and the City will be returning the grants provided by both gaming proponents to review their projects. I have decided not to pursue a host agreement for a project of this type in the City of Holyoke. A casino may be coming to our area, but it will not be coming here.
Now, more than ever, I recognize how complicated the work of good governance can be. I have learned from this experience. Ultimately, I hope to build on this humbling moment and to become a better mayor as a result. We still have much work before us, and I am grateful that by listening, and with your support, I am now back on track.