Accusation of bribe for York Galleria casino denounced by Springettsbury Township official – York Daily Record/Sunday News


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Springettsbury Township supervisor Mark Swomley made it clear Thursday night: There was no wrongdoing in allowing a mini-casino to move into the municipality.

The allegation of wrongdoing came in an email from a citizen, who is unhappy about a mini-casino possibly moving into the York Galleria, Swomley said during a regular township meeting Thursday. He did not name the person.

Penn National Gaming Inc. filed its formal application on Wednesday with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to open the venue in the former Sears store at the mall.

“This person was accusing the board of supervisors of taking a bribe from Penn National to change our position on allowing the casino to come into this community,” he said.

Swomley, who is chairman of the board, said he wants everyone to understand why elected officials did not vote for a casino in the beginning. At that point, the township did not have a definition of gaming facilities in its zoning ordinance, and it did not have control over where a casino could locate in the community.

Township officials put plans in motion to address those issues, and then the board reversed its decision — “not because we wanted to reverse our position but because we wanted to protect the township for where gaming could go in the community,” he said. “That is all that happened.”

“I take strong exception

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