Newtown is receiving state grant money in the aftermath of last month’s deadly shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Governor Dannel Malloy says the town will get five-hundred thousand dollars in state aid through the Small Town Economic Assistance Program or STEAP.
The aid is for those local businesses that sustained economic losses in the days after the shootings as a resut of road closures and entrance blockages. Twenty young children and six school staff members died in the December 14 shooting spree.
Newtown first selectman Patricia Llodra says over a dozen businesses were virtually shut for a two week period after the shootings, due to a crush of police, emergency, and news vehicles, as well as those visiting the many memorials that came out of the shootings.