Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield), whose district includes Newtown, said, “So much of the discussion in the aftermath of Sandy Hook has focused on what to do to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again, and that’s important work. But, as a community and as a legislature, we also have an obligation to provide our neighbors – many of whom have witnessed unimaginable horror and violence – the resources they need to heal. The Sandy Hook Workers Fund is part of that effort. I’m pleased that we were able to work across party lines and partner with such an esteemed group of civic-minded Connecticut-based organizations to help launch this initiative.”
“This bill shows the generosity and empathy that the residents of Connecticut and throughout the world have for those affected at Sandy Hook,” said Rep. Hwang. “It is appropriate for the CT General Assembly to support our courageous educators and first responders who have been through such a traumatic event by providing the necessary financial resources and counseling to help them heal from this tragedy. This is a unique legislation specifically designed for Newtown.”
The United Way of Western Connecticut is handling the processing of the donations. The fund will be administered by the state’s Office of Victims Services, with the State Treasurer managing its assets.