Portland, ME – A day after Sen. Susan Collins released a statement about the Portland Pirates situation, Senator Olympia Snowe has now weighed in on the Portland Pirates potential relocation to Albany, NY.
“The Portland Pirates are a tremendous economic asset to the region and part of the fabric of the greater Portland Community. It is vital their home remains in Maine,” said Sen. Snowe in a statement.
The comments come after it was revealed last week in the Albany Times Union that it was Pirates organization that could be heading to Upstate New York, replacing the Albany River Rats, who will relocate to Charlotte, NC next season.
On Monday, New York Senator Charles Schumer sent a letter to Buffalo Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn stating that they should move the Sabres affiliate to Albany, despite the fact that Buffalo doesn’t have that control, and the Pirates are still in negotiations with Cumberland County for a long-term lease.
Pirates Managing Owner and CEO Brian Petrovek has declined to comment on the situation only to say the Pirates first priority is working out a lease with the county, but indicated it will take some sort of renovations to the 33-year Cumberland County Civic Center.