Sunday June 10, 2012

BOSTON (AP) -- Former Mayor Raymond L. Flynn is backing east Boston residents who are fighting a $1 billion resort casino proposal at Suffolk Downs.

Flynn appeared at a protest on Saturday and told the Boston Herald that there's a better use for the property. He said local residents are dedicated and conscientious and deserve to be heard and respected.

The owners of Suffolk Downs unveiled plans Tuesday for a $1 billion resort casino at the 77-year-old thoroughbred horse racing track.

The Suffolk Downs casino would have to be voted on in a neighborhood referendum. Opponents and Flynn are pushing for a citywide vote. The ex-mayor says voters in Boston can consider the casino proposal more objectively and conclude that the city needs jobs, but not with the casino plan.