Casino union chief backs Atlantic City takeover proposal

The head of Atlantic City’s main casino workers union said he’s backing a proposed state takeover of the resort’s finances and assets.

Bob McDevitt, president of Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union, said Atlantic City can no longer afford to lurch from one crisis to the next.

Instead of rejecting help from the state, he said, the city should accept it.

His stance clashes with that of some local officials, who want to fight the proposed takeover.

The plan would give the state vast authority over most major decisions in Atlantic City, including the right to sell off city-owned assets and land.

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