Bill Walczak, candidate for mayor of Boston, today called for the Boston City Council to hold the casino referendum vote on Tuesday, November 5th during Boston’s general election.
As it stands now, a vote on the casino will be restricted only to registered voters in East Boston. However, the Boston City Council does have the power, under the state’s gaming law, to vote to have a citywide referendum on the casino question. The Springfield, MA City Council voted to have a citywide referendum, which was held recently on July 14, 2013.
"The Boston City Council should do the right thing and implement a citywide vote on the matter and schedule it for Nov. 5th when voters are already going to the polls. My vote, if I get one, will be no," said Walczak.
“If I'm elected mayor, I will do everything in my power to stop a casino from coming to Boston. Casinos are a public health threat - period. This is why I have started a Change.org petition to call for a citywide Nov. 5th vote – so everyone’s voice can be heard."
The Change.org petition, addressed to the Boston City Council, calls for them to set the casino referendum for a citywide vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5th for the municipal general election. The petition addresses the ill effects the casino will inflict on all Boston residents and points to a dramatic increase in crime rates within a ten mile radius of a casino. This radius encompasses almost all Boston neighborhoods – including the neighborhoods of Dorchester, Brighton, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, and Hyde Park.
The Change.org petition can be found at: http://www.change.org/petitions/the-boston-city-council-schedule-a-citywide-casino-referendum-vote-on-tuesday-nov-5th