-By John Lynds
Representative Carlo Basile’s Chief Legislative Aide Michael Sulprizio will be leaving his post at the State House to replace Fran Riley as Director of the Harborside Community Center in East Boston. Riley, a longtime fixture at the Harborside retired last year after decades of service to theprogram.
“I am excited to begin my new position as the new Coordinator at the Harborside Community Center,” said Sulprizio, who is in his last semester at UMass where he will obtain a Masters in Public Affairs “I am especially looking forward to working with the great staff and board at the Harborside, who I have had the pleasure of working with during my time as Chairman of the Board.”
While he admitted that it would not be easy to fill Riley’s shoes at the community center, he was eager to continue the work Riley had done.
“Fran had been monumental in the success of the community center and someone who has done so much for the East Boston Community,” said Sulprizio. “I want to continue on her successes and put my experience, education and community relationships to work to provide the Harborside Community Center with the best programs and services.”
As excited as Sulprizio is to start his new position, he said he was also going to miss working at the State House where he developed many great relationships.
“I want to thank Representative (Carlo) Basile for giving me the opportunity to work for him and for all the great work he does for the East Boston Community,” said Sulprizio. “I feel that during my three years in Representative Basile’s office we have been able to do a lot of good work for East Boston and I have enjoyed working with the community in this capacity.”
Basile said he was sad to see Sulprizio go but looks forward to a continued relationship in his new capacity.
“He was a great worker who really knew and cared about the issues in East Boston,” said Basile. “I am excited to work with Mike (Sulprizio) in his new role, which will allow him to continue to help youth and families in East Boston.”
Sulprizio will be replaced by Eastie resident Adrian Madaro. Madaro, a senior at Tufts University and graduate of Boston Latin School has been a lifelong resident.
Basile picked Madaro from a field of well-qualified candidates and said his education and knowledge on politics and the neighborhood were impressive.
“I was looking for someone to compliment me and the office in the neighborhood and I think Adrian (Madaro) is a perfect fit for that,” said Basile. “He’s well educated, worked on politics in Washington D.C. over the summer and brings a youthful optimism to the job. But most importantly he cares about East Boston and the issues.”
Madaro is no stranger to community activism. His mother, Debra Cave, is the longtime President of the Eagle Hill Civic Association and family members like his aunt, Roberta Marchi, and cousin, Chris Marchi, have been longtime activists fighting for more environmental justice in the neighborhood.
“My interest is in government,” said Madaro. “I’ve grown up around community activism and politics and hope that experience has shaped me for the work I hope to do here in Representative Basile’s office. I look forward to meeting residents at community meetings and helping to solve some of Eastie’s more important community issues.”
With parting words Sulprizio offered congratulation to his successor.
“I also want to wish Adrian (Madaro) the best of luck in his new role,” said Sulprizio who helped Basile vet candidates for the job. “I am confident he will be a good fit for the Representative and for East Boston.”