Sen. Hwang Statement on Missing Sandy Hook Assistance Funds

December 5, 2019

State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) released the following statement in response to the State Auditors’ findings that more than $100,000 went missing from a fund intended to help first responders and teachers who were at Sandy Hook Elementary School on the day of the 2012 tragedy.

“What happened to these funds is disturbing and upsetting on so many levels. What took place in Sandy Hook in 2012 was an unspeakable tragedy that continues to affect the lives of so many people to this day. The Sandy Hook community put their faith into a system to ensure that our first responders and teachers received needed help and support. It is hard to fathom the level of carelessness that led to these funds going missing. It’s infuriating. Many people worked to get to the bottom of what happened here, and I know many will continue working hard to make sure this can never happen again. We are all glad the money has been restored, but it will take much more to restore people’s trust and bring back peace of mind that these funds are being properly managed.”