Murphy To Conley: Thanks, But No Thanks

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

By | Boston Daily |

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.