Boston mayor seeks say in nearby casino proposals

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BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Martin Walsh says the city deserves to have a say in casino proposals in neighboring Revere and Everett.

In letters to the state gambling commission Wednesday, Walsh says the city should be considered a host community under state gambling law, and thus should be able to negotiate for millions of dollars in compensation from developers, and even block a casino from being built.

The letters say Boston is a "core attraction" and "crucial component" to both proposals and neither proposal would be accessible without use of Boston streets.

Mohegan Sun has proposed a casino for the Suffolk Downs horse track in Revere. Wynn Resorts is pitching a casino on a former industrial site in Everett.

A gambling commission spokeswoman says the letters will be discussed at Thursday's meeting.

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