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Gaming commission chair will not resign

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Gaming Commission Chairman Steve Crosby insists he's not stepping down from the panel, amid growing calls for him to do just that.

Five gubernatorial candidates have called for him to resign over questions about whether or not he can be impartial. At a hearing in Springfield on Wednesday, Crosby told FOX 25 Political Reporter Sharman Sacchetti "the integrity of this process is the most important thing" and that he has "honored that commitment" by recusing himself.

Crosby raised eyebrows after attending a private party at Suffolk Downs on Opening Day. He also sparked controversy by waiting a year to disclose his relationship with the landowner of the Everett site where Wynn Resorts wants to build a casino.

When asked what's left to do if he can't weigh in on the Boston project, Crosby said, "There's a whole industry to regulate."

Now that Crosby has recused himself from all Boston area decisions, there are only four gaming commissioners left. On Thursday during its hearing in Boston, the commission is expected to take up the issue of how to deal with the process in the event of a tie.