Newtown Officials Announce Connecticut Grant-in-Aid Funding for Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial

June 9, 2021

HARTFORD – In the waning hours of the 2021 Legislative Session, the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed a state bonding package that funds a number of projects including necessary infrastructure updates, municipal aid, school construction and additional needs statewide. Newtown’s state legislative delegation of Senator Tony Hwang (R-28), Raghib Allie-Brennan (D-2), Mitch Bolinsky (R-106) and Tony Scott (R-112) with worked together with Governor Lamont’s office and Newtown First-Selectman Dan Rosenthal secure a $2.6 million grant allocation for the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial.


Newtown First Selectman David Rosenthal said, “The State has been very kind and supportive of our community since the tragedy and I am grateful for this partnership as we near construction on the memorial to remember and honor the precious lives lost that horrible day.  My sincere thanks to Governor Lamont, Lt. Governor Bysiewicz, Senator Hwang, and Representatives Bolinsky, Allie-Brennan and Scott and the entire State Legislature for their support of this very important project.”


Senator Hwang, who serves as the ranking senator on the bonding subcommittee, said, “Securing grant-in-aid to supplement town approved funding for the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial was a successful team effort which will bring to fruition an important tribute which will provide a step forward toward closure and healing from an incredibly emotional time for our community. I want to give a special acknowledgement to members of the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission volunteers who have diligently and respectfully planned this memorial for the past number of years. I am honored to be a part of a team effort working together for Newtown and Sandy Hook.” 


Representative Bolinsky applauded the work done and the bonding commission’s generosity, saying, “I am truly touched that the Governor and the Speaker of the House thought of us and acted to help us have a place of beauty intended to recall, honor and continue the process of healing, shared by so many in our community.  As a delegation, we worked closely to support the issuance of this grant in the spirit intended, with respect, reverence and love.”


Representative Allie-Brennan said, “When Newtown voters approved $3.7M for the Sandy Hook memorial construction, I felt it was imperative the state contribute to this worthwhile project. I went to House Democratic leadership, the Governor’s office, and the Newtown delegation. Thanks to bipartisan cooperation, we are returning taxpayer dollars to support our community’s effort to honor the lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary School.” 


Representative Scott said, “I am deeply appreciative of the bipartisan effort in securing this commitment from the legislature. Thank you to First Selectman Rosenthal, my colleagues and all the volunteers who fought for the inclusion of Newtown in the final bonding package. I eagerly await the final decision of the Governor’s Bonding Commission on this beautiful and touching project.”