Windsor officials tell state, tribal officials that casino expansion unwelcome in their town

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Windsor officials say expansion of casino gambling in Connecticut is unwelcome in their town.

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The town council voted 9-0 Monday opposing legalized gambling facilities. A resolution cites harmful social costs associated with problem gambling and that casino gambling does not fit into the character of Windsor.

The resolution also says casino gambling fails to sustain economic development and is not desirable under the town's conservation and development plan or zoning regulations.

The resolution also gives notice that town officials would refuse financial incentives to developers.

Council member Al Simon, who sponsored the resolution, said he's heard overwhelming opposition from residents.

The Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots are proposing to site small casinos near state lines to fight growing competition. Legislation in the General Assembly would authorize as many as three casinos.