“The Public Safety and Security Committee did the prudent thing today in heeding Attorney General Jepsen’s warning and passing House Bill 7239—if there is going to be a third casino, a fair and equitable process executed in an orderly fashion is the only way the citizens of Connecticut can succeed without jeopardizing funding to the state….” said Chief Richard Velky in a statement by the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation.
Chief Richard Velky of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation joined Ray to discuss casino expansion in the state. Should there be outside competition to build a commercial casino in Connecticut, beyond the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes’ plans? Does the state even need another casino? Get insight from Chief Velky…
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“Schaghticoke Chief Richard Velky backed the competitive bid bill and, in a show of solidarity, brought a group of tribal members to the hearing dressed in bright red shirts……Southwestern Connecticut offers a growing opportunity that is five times the size of the market north of Hartford, a market that can only decline with the high-end competition from Springfield,” Velky said. “Connecticut citizens demand a better deal, so why not us?”
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“The hearing room was packed with backers of the tribes and MGM. The casino company has bankrolled the Schaghticoke tribe, whose chief testified in support of an open competitive process….”
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“This economic impact study clearly shows the tremendous value and potential for a third casino in Southwestern Connecticut, which would be immediately accessible to the tri-state area of Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island, is a market with an estimated gross gaming revenue of $3.8 billion, roughly five times the value of the area between Hartford and Springfield where [a] scaled down slot-house casino is being considered,” said Chief Richard Velky, Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. “A casino in southwestern Connecticut would create thousands of jobs where they are needed the most and would offer a high-quality gaming operation within the proximity of a much more populated area, as opposed to a smaller venue made up merely of slot machines and table operations in a much more limited market.”
“It is clear to me that the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation has been treated unfairly for a long time, and [it] has meritorious claims against the state,” Lieberman said. “As this lawsuit demonstrates, the state acted unconstitutionally and breached its statutory fiduciary duties in taking tribal land, and STN is entitled to be compensated by the state for those wrongful acts.”
Chief Velky, Austin Tighe and Tom Rodgers. Schaghticoke tribe, Re: In a lawsuit filed in Hartford on Thursday, the Kent tribe alleges the state took the land it was managing for the Schaghticokes — eventually amounting to 2,000 acres — without compensating the tribe.
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“I will say something really quite personal, which is, looking back at what happened 12 years ago, for me, the opportunity to be involved in this litigation on behalf of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation is what you might call a second chance to do right by them, Lieberman said Friday, at a news conference on the lawsuit……”
“I think, over time, the history is clear: they have been treated not just unfairly but grossly unfairly, and this gives me the opportunity to do something about that, Lieberman said.”