FUMO REACTS TO PHILADELPHIA’S RIPARIAN RIGHTS DECISION
HARRISBURG, November 27, 2007 –State Senator Vince Fumo (D-Philadelphia) issued the following statement today in response to the City of Philadelphia Commerce Department’s decisions to approve a Submerged Lands Lease for the proposed Sugarhouse casino along the Delaware River:
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"The city’s attempt to facilitate Sugarhouse’s end run around the state Legislature is not only bad public policy, it is without legal authority. This action will prompt additional costly litigation and is highly unlikely to survive judicial scrutiny.
"Sugarhouse’s attempt to avoid paying Commonwealth taxpayers anything for its use of public lands is unacceptable and illustrative of the lengths to which the company will go to gain financial advantage at the public’s expense.
"It is remarkable that the decision failed to address any of the objections raised by state officials or neighboring residents."
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To read additional information about Senator Fumo’s position on the city riparian rights approval issue, including a legal memorandum submitted to the city solicitor on November 15, go tohttp://www.fumo.com/Press_Releases/RiparianHearing11-15-07.htm