Newtown first selectwoman: Charity distribution caused ‘permanent fractures’

Newtown First Selectwoman Pat Llodra (Hugh McQuaid / CTNewsJunkie)
Newtown First Selectwoman Pat Llodra (Hugh McQuaid / CTNewsJunkie)

HARTFORD, Conn. – The distribution of donations after the Newtown shooting may have caused “permanent fractures” in the town, First Selectwoman Pat Llodra told the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission on Friday.

Llodra was Newtown’s top executive on Dec. 12, 2012, when a 20-year-old gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School and murdered 20 school children and six educators. During a Friday meeting of a panel created by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, she described how her town struggled to deal with the flood of inquiries and generosity after the incident.

Well-wishers sent millions of dollars in donations. A United Way fund set up immediately after the shooting had around $12 million and distributed about $8 million last year. Llodra said there were many other funds and the dispersal of the money has caused problems in Newtown.

“The distribution decisions for those funds has been problematic, has created significant conflict, which I believe endures and may in fact be a permanent fracture among some in our community. People so badly hurt in such horrific events need to be protected from that kind of conflict,” she said.

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