"We're in this pickle today because our local legislators, in particular the legislators who were in office who represent the river wards, were not thoughtful enough, were not looking at the big picture going forward, when they enacted this legislation," said DiCicco, adding that many of those legislators are up for re-election in the April 22 primary.
One of them, state Rep. Bill Keller, faces a challenge from DiCicco's son, Christian, in South Philly's 184th District.
Councilman Bill Green, a Keller supporter and political ally of electricians union head John Dougherty, countered that the responsibility lay elsewhere.
"I think it was clear the die was cast when the original legislation, crafted by one of our representatives from the river wards, took away the city's powers," Green said. "A change of heart without changing the legislation in Harrisburg has proven meaningless, as many people in Council predicted it would."
Green was alluding to state Sen. Fumo - a longtime political ally of the DiCiccos - who with his staff authored the legislation but later complained about the casino locations chosen here.
Dougherty is running in this month's primary to replace Fumo, who is retiring at the end of this year and is due to go on trial for federal corruption charges.
Although Wednesday's ruling ended Council's role in approving the Foxwoods development, DiCicco said he would press on with a public hearing today to gather information about the project's zoning. *