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Tribes say they've received more potential casino sites

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The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes say they've received both amended and new sites in northern Connecticut for their proposed casino.

The tribes' MMCT Venture announced Monday possible locations in East Windsor and South Windsor have been submitted. They're in addition to possible sites in East Hartford, Hartford and Windsor Locks.

In East Windsor, the old Showcase Cinemas could be part of the future home of the newest casino.

"I have mixed feelings...I think it would be great that it would bring jobs for a lot of people but it would also create a lot of traffic," said June Gregory of East Windsor.

So there would be pros and cons.  

South Windsor Town Council member Saud Anwar released a statement on the town's proposal to host the MMCT casino.

"Attracting jobs and economic development to South Windsor is a priority. But a gambling venue brings complex issues for any host town and this particular project is mired in uncertainty, and not a clear winner," Anwar said in a statement on Monday. "Hosting a casino here will impact every resident of our town, and cannot and should not be made by a small group of political insiders. South Windsor residents need much more information, and they deserve the final say in a referendum.”

An application was also submitted from Plymouth, but it's not being considered by the tribes.

Saturday marked the deadline for a second request for site proposals to be submitted to the tribes, who hope to build a jointly-run casino to compete with the planned MGM Resorts International casino in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The tribes say a third casino is needed to protect jobs at their southeastern Connecticut casinos.

This project ultimately needs legislative approval. The legislature reconvenes in January.

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