Connecticut casino opponents meeting in East Windsor Monday

EAST WINDSOR — Anti-casino activists are meeting in East Windsor as two tribes have proposed a casino there.

The Coalition Against Casino Expansion in Connecticut is hosting a meeting at East Windsor High School Monday evening to discuss the “social and economic costs” of casinos.

Former Republican Congressman Robert Steele is expected to give a presentation. He’s the author of “The Curse: Big-Time Gambling‘s Seduction of A Small New England Town.”

The meeting comes as state lawmakers have scheduled a Thursday hearing on legislation allowing the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to open their proposed casino.

The tribes, which own the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos, hope the facility would compete with MGM’s planned resort in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts.

The town’s Board of Selectmen is also hosting a casino forum Thursday.

‘We`re acting in what we think is in the best interest in the community,” said East Windsor Selectman Jason Bowsza. “There are going to be those like in any issue that would disagree with that but we`re excited to move forward.”

“Prostitution comes with it. Money laundering comes with it. Theft comes with it. Drunk driving comes with it,” said Brianna Stronk, an East Windsor resident.