Mahoning commissioners balk at endorsing Traficant’s casino plan

Mahoning County commissioners declined James A. Traficant Jr.’s plea today to immediately pass legislation endorsing a proposed Indian gambling casino in the county.

The commissioners said they need more details on the proposal than what Traficant, a former congressman, gave them today.

Those details could come at Tuesday meeting at a Jackson Township trustees meeting.

Traficant said he’d discuss the proposal at that meeting.

“I personally need more details; it’s a little complex,” said Commissioner Anthony Traficanti, who used to work for Traficant.

Indian gambling casinos aren’t permitted in the Mahoning Valley under state or federal law.

Traficant is working with two Indian nations to build a casino, hotel, convention center, bank and possibly an indoor amusement park in North Jackson on the corner of Bailey Road and Mahoning Avenue.

For the complete story, read Friday’s Vindicator and

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