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August 1, 2013

Londonderry sergeant named to casino panel

Nine-member commission meets this month


“He’s a real capable young leader in our department,” Hart said. “I have the utmost confidence he will serve the citizens of our community in a balanced, unbiased way.”

The commission was formed in 2010 and its mission extended when the biennium $10.7 billion budget was approved by lawmakers in June. It’s charged with making its policy and regulatory recommendations by Dec. 15. The group’s first meeting is Aug. 15.

Hassan said in a statement yesterday that New Hampshire would benefit from casino gambling.

“As our state stands to lose an estimated $75 million per year to Massachusetts casinos, moving forward with New Hampshire’s own plan for one highly regulated destination casino will help create jobs, boost our economy, and generate revenue to invest in critical priorities,” she said. “I am confident that Rep. Ames, Sgt. Cheetham and Kathy Sullivan bring the right combination of expertise and knowledge to help develop effective regulations that will address these concerns, and I thank them for their willingness to serve.”

D’Allesandro said Monday he will sponsor a casino gambling bill next session because the state needs the revenue to fund its operations and much-needed infrastructure improvements. Those improvements include repairing or replacing dozens of roads and bridges.

“There is no question we need the money,” D’Allesandro said yesterday.

He said he didn’t know Cheetham and would have preferred Hassan appoint a member of the New Hampshire State Police force since they would be handling law enforcement duties if a casino is ever built.

But D’Allesandro said he would be glad to assist Cheetham and the other panel members in any way he could.

“I’m happy to act as a consultant,” he said. “I think it’s a step forward.”

Rausch doesn’t know Cheetham either, according to a staff member, but he is looking forward to working with him and the other commissioners.

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