HARTFORD, Conn. – Secretary of the State Denise Merrill tried to make it clear Wednesday to the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation that an error by her office doesn’t give the tribe the legal authority to pursue building a casino in Connecticut.
“Please be advised that the Secretary of the State has no authority to confer legality on an applicant’s state purpose, but rather has authority to accept the filing of documents that meet the ministerial statutory filing elements under the authorizing statutes regarding the formation of legal entities,” William Silk, Merrill’s staff attorney, wrote Schaghticoke Chief Richard Velky on Wednesday.
In his letter to Merrill’s office last week, Velky said the tribe’s intention to pursue building a casino was clear on its application.
“We abided by the law, filed a complete, detailed application to develop a commercial casino in Connecticut, and our application for a business entity under Special Act 15-7 was approved,” Velky said. “We are ready to move forward.”
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