Ruggerio backs November vote for PawSox stadium plan

The Pawtucket Red Sox released this rendering of a ballpark at the Apex property on Main Street in Pawtucket.

Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio says he hopes a proposal for a new ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox goes to the General Assembly for a vote in November.

The Democratic leader told Rhode Island Public Radio on Tuesday that he backs a November vote over waiting until January because it will help the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox start work.

The Senate Finance Committee plans several public hearings on legislation to provide a $23 million state investment to help finance the estimated $83 million stadium in downtown Pawtucket. The first hearing is scheduled Sept. 14 at the State House.

Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says it's premature for him to discuss timing of a vote. He said he wouldn't take a position on the proposal until after a House Finance Committee hearing.

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