Massachusetts State Treasurer Steven Grossman announced Monday his choice for the state’s new commission to oversee casino gambling in the state.
Grossman appointed Enrique Zuniga, a civil engineer and corporate finance analyst who’s currently the executive director of the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust. He will be one of five overseeing the licensing of three casinos and one slot parlor in the state. Grossman’s choice is required to have experience in corporate finance and securities. Zuniga says he understands the work he is undertaking will require a delicate balance.
“The Commission will need to balance the economic development goals with the need to have financially feasible casino resorts. At the same time there is the need to minimize the potentially negative impacts that some projects might bring to communities.”
Zuniga is 45 and lives in Jamaica Plain. last year, after the legislature approved a casino gambling bill, Governor Deval Patrick appointed gaming commission chairman, Stephen Crosby, a former dean at UMass Boston. Last month, Attorney General Martha Coakley chose former New Jersey state police Lieutenant Colonel Gayle Cameron to represent law enforcement on the commission.
The Commission — created by the casino legislation approved last November — must have its full staff of five members by March 21. Now Patrick, Coakley, and Grossman will fill the final two slots on the commission.