Friday, July 30, 2010

Larson: Club "Richly Deserved" Federal Help

U.S. Rep. John Larson
The Bristol Boys and Girls Club "richly deserves" the $1 million in federal aid that Congressman John Larson secured in a housing and transportation appropriations bill Friday, he said.
"They do great work," Larson said.
The East Hartford Democrat pushed for funding for the club, which aims to build a new facility in downtown Bristol in 2013.
Michael Suchopar, who leads the club, said he was honored that Larson chose their project to get behind. He said it's like Larson signed on to the club's "back a kid" fundraiser in a big way.
Suchopar also praised Larson's staff for their diligence. They followed through every time, he said, and once they were on board, didn't let up.
Larson deferred credit to the club. He said the competition for the money is tough and that projects are scrutinized before they get approved.
"We're certainly happy to push it," said Larson, saying the club is "a much needed and well used facility."
Before the club can get the cash, the bill still has to be approved by the U.S. Senate and signed into law by President Obama.

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