Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh appeared at the state gambling commission today seeking far greater power in evaluating casino proposals on the city’s borders.
Walsh has declared that the city is entitled to hold a referendum on each proposal, to negotiate massive compensation packages with the developers, and, if it so chooses, to block a casino from being built.
“The people of Boston deserve the democratic process,” Walsh told the state gambling commission this afternoon.
Walsh wants the commission to declare the city a “host community,” under the 2011 casino law, to a proposed Mohegan Sun casino in Revere and a proposed Wynn Resorts casino in Everett. Being declared a host community would give the city a much bigger say than it has as a surrounding community.
The commission decided to hold a formal hearing on Walsh’s petition in two weeks, to review evidence and then determine if Boston qualifies as a host community for either or both projects.
The review could delay the award of the Greater Boston resort casino license. The commision had expected to award the license by the end of June.