Murphy To Conley: Thanks, But No Thanks

The city council president responds to the DA’s casino vote pestering in letter form.

Dan Conley, District Attorney, has now become Dan Conley, mayoral candidate—and has suddenly taken a great interest in the pressing question of who gets a vote in whether a casino is placed on the Boston-Revere border or the Boston-Everett border. He’s been drawing a great deal of press attention with his demand for a city-wide vote instead of the East Boston-only vote mandated by state law.

Conley fired off a letter to the city council, asking them to do something about it (below). City council president Stephen Murphy was unimpressed, and has fired off a letter in response—which I have obtained. Here it is:


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UPDATE, 9:55 p.m.: Here’s the letter Conley wrote to the council, which prompted Murphy’s response.

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  • Kathleen Conley

    will have a city wide referendum not just the minority of residents in
    the impacted wards. I think it is prudent when a municipal budget
    covers the entire city that the entire community get to vote on a
    development that will impact the character of the city. The General
    Court anticipated wide-reaching impacts and provided for the city-wide
    vote in the legislation. Mr. Murphy is more than a bit naive if he
    does not think that the impacts of problem gambling will touch other
    neighborhoods. Will the revenues only go to the districts/wards

    Kathleen Conley Norbut (no relation to any candidates)

  • Celeste Myers

    The one item that Council President Murphy got wrong for sure – is that the entire city will be impacted. What is being proposed at Suffolk Downs is poised to be the 8th largest casino in the world – without many of the amenities. They are seeking to place a giant, black hole of a money vacuum in a community that enjoys a robust economy while simultaneously being home to many folks who need improved personal economies. The false lure of a potential win-fall in such close proximity to this delicately balanced extended community of Boston – with all of the infrastructure, quality of life and social impacts – will have disastrous affects on the community, city and commonwealth. To downplay these truths – is naive at best.