Soloviev Group names Hon. Michael Balboni Freedom Plaza’s Safety and Security Advisor

March 19, 2024
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His focus will be on ensuring public safety and security during the development project.

Soloviev Group has selected former New York State Deputy Secretary for Public Safety and Homeland Security Advisor Hon. Michael Balboni for the role of Freedom Plaza’s Safety and Security Advisor.

The Freedom Plaza development project will be across six acres of land. The project is under development through a partnership with Tribal operator Mohegan.

Soloviev Group CEO Michael Hershman said the company is eager to welcome Balboni aboard.

He commented, "We are honored to add Michael Balboni’s wealth of knowledge and deep expertise to our team.

"We appreciate the input that we have received from the community and prioritize public safety above all else. Michael’s experience, complemented by the robust protocols and industry-leading practices established by Mohegan, will position Freedom Plaza as a secure and thriving community."

His duties will include overseeing safety and security preparations relating to the downstate casino bid. Balboni will work in tandem with the Freedom Plaza leadership team to affirm a community-first approach that keeps public safety and quality of life at the forefront.

He will focus on emergency preparedness, risk management and security staff in collaboration with local law enforcement while in this role.

Balboni said he is excited to join the Soloviev Group team. He further commented, “Joining the Soloviev Group and Mohegan in their effort to secure the New York downstate gaming license for Freedom Plaza is a privilege.

“This is an extraordinary and historic opportunity to help stimulate local economic growth and development through unprecedented financial and community investment, with safety and public benefit firmly at the forefront. I look forward to working with this incredible team to bring Freedom Plaza to fruition.”

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