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Casino Proposal Brings Traffic Concerns

16 February 2004

CONNECTICUT – As reported by the (Connecticut) Journal News: "The odds of drawing a royal flush during a hand of poker are about 1 in 650,000. The likelihood of Connecticut's hosting another Indian casino seems a bit better — a possibility that has many officials in the Nutmeg State cringing and local residents peering anxiously over the border.

"The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation, based in Derby and Kent, Conn., received federal recognition Jan. 29 — giving it access to funding for education, health care and housing, and the power to operate a casino.

"…The state has vowed to appeal the Bureau of Indian Affairs' decision, which touched off protests from Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland on down. Critics say a third casino — like its two predecessors in the eastern part of the state — will stress the area's housing supply, flood school systems with employees' children and clog already jammed roads with traffic.

"…A casino in Bridgeport, 28 miles from Port Chester, would turn the interstate into a nightmare, according to a Connecticut regional planning study done in 2001. The Connecticut city on Long Island Sound would put gambling within an easier reach for Westchester, Putnam and New York City residents. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun are about two hours from Manhattan; Bridgeport is about an hour and 20 minutes…"

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