A plan to build a casino at Bradley International Airport died in a Windsor Locks meeting on Tuesday night.
While a third casino may come to Connecticut, it won’t be at the airport, as the majority of the town’s selectmen decided the plan wasn’t worth betting on.
“It’s dead on arrival,” said Windsor Locks Selectman Steve Wawruck, who proposed the motion and wanted the town to at least consider the idea.
He fears the town folded on what may have been a winning hand.
“We don't have a seat at the table anymore,” Wawruck said. “This meant job creation. It meant construction jobs it meant carpentry jobs steel worker jobs it meant full time jobs when the casino was erected.”
Selectman Mike Russo, whose ‘no’ killed the proposal, said he felt it didn’t contain enough specifics to move forward.
“Right now I think the casinos should stay where they are,” Russo said.
Others who attended the meeting on Tuesday night had mixed opinions.
Foxwoods dealer Dave Church said he believes the plan would have protected Connecticut jobs before the new Springfield casino gets built.
“A lot of people I know are in this business. To see my fellow workers get laid off is not a positive situation,” Church said.
However others, like Rose Horan, celebrated the selectmen’s decision.
“I think there's not a lot of room at the airport for the casino. The parking is bad and it's just going to bring more crime to our town,” Horan said.
The Bradley Airport Commission supported the plan but the executive director said he understands the town’s decision.
The new Springfield casino is slated to open in 2018.
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