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East Windsor Police Union Endorses Casino Proposal
Jan. 24, 2017
AFSCME Police Unions Support Proposed East Windsor Casino
East Windsor, CT – The East Windsor Police Union, Local 3583 of Council 4 AFSCME, announced today its support for the construction of a casino in East Windsor on the site of the former Showcase Cinemas.
“We polled our members and they feel strongly that a casino will be positive for East Windsor. If this is approved, it will help the local economy by bringing good jobs to our community and generating revenues that will benefit our entire town,” said Sgt. Jeffrey Reimer, president of the 25-member Local 3583.
Also, Council 4’s Public Safety Committee, a coalition uniting approximately 2,300 AFSCME-represented police officers in Connecticut, voted to endorse the plan by MMCT Venture to build a casino in East Windsor.
Det. Derek Puorro, vice president of AFSCME Local 1361, representing the Middletown Police Department, chairs Council 4’s Public Safety Committee. He said it was important for police union leaders to show support for the casino and for fellow police officers in East Windsor.
“All over Connecticut, declining revenues are taking a bite out of the economy and forcing deep cuts to vital services like law enforcement,” Puorro said. “It’s rare to see a project that will reverse this negative scenario, and that’s why we’re supporting our brothers and sisters who protect and serve East Windsor.”
Reimer added: “It’s understandable that some might question the impact a casino would have on crime and traffic. We believe MMCT’s proposal will turn an abandoned commercial zone into a vibrant and exciting area buzzing with activity. The people at MMCT appear committed to working with us to maintain and improve public safety in our town.”
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