HARTFORD — Forty-three charities that collected funds after the Newtown school shooting have informed Connecticut officials they have so far raised nearly $20.4 million and distributed close to $2.9 million of that money.
Governor Malloy recently criticized Newtown’s handling of the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. He said Newtown’s actions were “much too slow.”
Seriously? Who makes the timetable for this sort of thing? From his perch in Hartford, does the governor have any respect for the collective wisdom and experience of those overseeing the disbursement of the fund?
The Newtown-Sandy Hook Community Foundation announced April 9 the release of $4 million to be disbursed by an interim advancement committee to 40 families most severely impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. The 40 families are those of the 26 victims, the families of 12 surviving children from classrooms directly involved in the shooting, and the families of two people injured in the tragedy.
While there was no direct discussion on the subject during a March 12 Board of Finance meeting, Town Finance Director Robert Tait circulated documentation showing a municipal special revenue fund established in the wake of the 12/14 tragedy increased by about $80,000 in the past five weeks.
Individuals with long and strong ties to the community are among the overseers of the newly launched foundation that will be charged with distributing more than $9 million amassed from donations being made to a United Way/Newtown Savings Bank fund since 12/14.