Philadelphians hand deliver demand for a hearing in Philadelphia on Foxwoods


November 17, 2010

On November 18th Philadelphians will hand deliver their arguments demanding a fully open hearing in Philadelphia on Foxwoods’ license to each voting member of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board at their meeting in Harrisburg.

At the meeting the board will announce its decision on whether they will pass summary judgement revoking Foxwoods’ license, hold a hearing, or pass on any decision.

“If the Gaming Control Board actually listened to the people of Philadelphia they would revoke Foxwoods’ license and not re-bid,” said Lily Cavanagh, Organizing Director for Casino-Free Philadelphia.

In April the Gaming Board’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance issued a recommendation to revoke Foxwoods license. In a meeting at the end of last month, the Board deferred decision on a summary judgment to revoke until the November 18th meeting.

“The people of Philadelphia are the ones who have to deal with the damage caused by predatory gambling,” said Dan Hajdo, spokesperson for Casino-Free Philadelphia.  “We’re the ones that have to pay for the increased crime, the increased costs of policing, and the costs of increased gambling addiction.  We should have a say in this process.”

The November 18th meeting is currently scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Temple University Harrisburg in Strawberry Square, room 246/248 in Harrisburg, PA.

Casino-Free Philadelphia’s mission is to stop casinos from coming to Philadelphia and close any that open. The social and economic costs of predatory gambling are plainly apparent from an industry reliant on addiction to survive. Visit us online at

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