Electronic Gaming Proposed … Again

June 4, 2016

By Sue Ellen Woodcock

If you pull the lever and three cherries don’t line up in a row…try again.

That’s what developer Eugene McCain, managing director of Alliance Capital, LLC is ready to do in Revere.

At the last council meeting on May 23, McCain proposed that Revere consider either enter a memorandum of understanding or host city agreement to have an electronic gaming establishment in Revere, at Suffolk Downs or the trailer park on Lee Burbank Highway.

“Revere has been on a rollercoaster,” McCain said.

Using information from a survey of Revere residents by Meeting Street Research, a national polling firm, McCain said that 325 registered voters were interviewed between May 3-5. McCain said that 72 percent of those interviewed said people should have a right to decide on their own if they want to gamble or not. In addition, 44 percent said that if the initiative is passed they would strongly support Revere hosting the second gaming site in the state. He also proposes two hotels.

There is a statewide ballot initiative on the November ballot asking voters if they would like a second Electronic Gaming Facility in Massachusetts. The is already on in Plainville.

 “To fund this campaign, the developers and backers of the initiative must know that they have the city of Revere as their partners in this effort,” McCain said. “There is interest.”

While his presentation was a bit unexpectedly on the long side, Council President Jessica Gianinno let McCain know that it was not the time for a full-blown explanation of his idea. He will come back in front of a council committee in the future.

“It would give Revere a second kick at the cans,” McCain said, adding there would be jobs, tax benfits, and education funding.

According to his survery, McCain said the citizens of Revere support, with a 1-2 margin that the city enter a memorandum of understanding or a host community agreement.

  • Eugene McCain

    Hi Sue Ellen.. Thank you for writing the article informing the Revere community of our efforts.
    A couple very important corrections on the information in the article:

    64% (not 44%) or nearly 2/3’s of the community were polled in Support of the electronic gaming coming to Revere.

    2 to 1 (not 1 to 2) were in support of the City of Revere entering into a memorandum of understanding or host community agreement now. (Poll showed 63% for and only 31% opposed)

    The Poll showed very strong, by overwhelming majority.. support for the electronic gaming and for the City’s written support for the effort.

    Kind regards
    Eugene McCain

  • Italod

    What were the cohorts of the community who responded? Were they mostly the elderly, or those up to a certain highest declared educational degree attainment, certain income ranges, male/female, etc.? Can’t Revere, and our kids we spend our tax dollars to educate today, be taught and prepared to aspire to more than to have ceiling-limited union-job careers as employees in casinos? It’s 2016 now. What’s wrong with Revere, why does it always still think, act, and plan like it’s still 1974 or something?

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