Though Wynn Resorts has yet to officially respond to the decision by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) handed down Tuesday night – and City officials remained mum well into Wednesday afternoon – State Rep. Dan Ryan said he was glad the MGC took a serious look at the casino.
Mayor Martin Walsh declined to comment on the ruling immediately, and City Councilor Lydia Edwards also did not comment on the matter.
However, Rep. Ryan said taking the license would have been detrimental to the economy and would have dashed the hopes of thousands who were ready to work at the resort when it opens in June.
“It appears from the hearings and the subsequent heavy fines administered this week that the commissioners took the issue of license suitability extremely serious and were judicious in their decision,” he said. “I thank them for their work. The consequences of pulling the license at this stage could have had a detrimental effect on our local economy. It remains to be seen how Encore and their shareholders will respond as a business; but, it appears we will have a gaming resort and thousands of people working as scheduled.”
Ryan also said he was disturbed by the allegations against Steve Wynn, and that everyone will be watching the company as they move forward.
“The accusations against Mr. Wynn that occurred in Las Vegas are disturbing, but it appears the parent company has gone to great lengths to cleanse themselves of past practices,” he said. “My experience with local Encore representatives, before and after these accusations, has been positive. I have found their management team to be accessible, professional, diverse and committed to bringing a quality product to the Boston area. I think the Gaming Commission has gone to great lengths to ensure that is true. We will all be watching closely.”
Wynn Resorts had not officially commented on what they planned to do. Their options include appealing the fine to Suffolk Superior Court, though that would likely tie up the project even further.
“Wynn Resorts received a copy of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s decision on suitability late today,” read their latest statement on Tuesday. “We are in the process of reviewing that decision and considering the full range of our next steps. We will not have further comment until we have thoroughly reviewed and considered the MGC’s decision.”
The fine is to be paid within 30 days into an Escrow Account.