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Palmer town leader has doubts about Mohegan Sun

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Palmer Town Councilor Paul burns wants to know if Mohegan Sun was fully committed to his town. On Tuesday, Burns said he had heard rumors that Mohegan Sun was talking to Suffolk Downs in the Boston area prior to the referendum vote in Palmer two weeks ago.

Voters in Palmer shot down Mohegan Sun's $1 billion proposal by just 93 votes on Nov. 5. There was a recount scheduled for Nov. 26. Mohegan Sun pushed for the recount because of reported concerns over a voting machine.

Burns said he had heard Mohegan Sun was talking with Suffolk Downs to possibly replace Caesars Entertainment.

Suffolk Downs dropped Caesars Entertainment three weeks before a scheduled vote over doubts the company would pass a state background check. The property straddles east Boston and Revere. Voters in east Boston rejected a casino while residents in Revere passed the measure by an overwhelming margin.

In Massachusetts, casinos are only allowed to operate one venue in the state. Even if the recount in Palmer reverses the outcome, Mohegan Sun would have to choose one community.

Burns said he reached out to Mohegan Sun for a response but had not heard anything back. CBS 3 Springfield asked Mohegan Sun and Suffolk Downs for a comment, but neither would confirm the two were talking.

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