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Kilmartin: Keep PawSox at McCoy

Don't count Attorney Gen. Peter Kilmartin among those state leaders who will support moving the Pawtucket Red Sox to Providence.

While many others have offered vague responses to questions about whether the state should help the new owners of the PawSox build a shiny new stadium, the lifelong city resident and former state representative in Pawtucket says there's no reason at all to move the team.

Speaking on 1380 WNRI Thursday morning, Kilmartin said he doesn't think the deal being offered by the owners is "the best deal for taxpayers," and was adamant that McCoy Stadium "should be on the table" as a long-term home for the team. With the proper investments in McCoy and the surrounding area, what is already a "wonderful facility" would be more than suitable to continue hosting the Triple A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, said Kilmartin.

"New isn't necessarily better," he said.

It's still early in the negotiation process with the new owners, so the deal could be sweetened, noted Kilmartin, but the current deal, in which the state would pay a huge portion of the lease and the new owners would pay no property taxes, among other perks, simply doesn't make sense given the amount of money the state has invested in McCoy and the way the stadium continues to draw crowds with a great "family-friendly" atmosphere, low ticket prices, and free parking.

Kilmartin shot back at ongoing claims that McCoy Stadium is difficult to get to, saying it's "easily accessible" from the highway, which it is.

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