Lieberman to advise Sandy Hook School Support Fund - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

Lieberman to advise Sandy Hook School Support Fund

NEWTOWN, CT (WFSB) -

Former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman will serve as an adviser to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund's transition team.

The transition team is responsible for creating the charitable structure in which the donations from the Sandy Hook School Support Fund will be transferred.

"First, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this terrible tragedy," said Lieberman during a press conference Friday. "Hadassah and I were shocked and heartbroken when we first heard and we still are."

Lieberman met with members of the transition team Friday. He said he will not serve as a member of the transition team, but will play an important advisory role and will assist the team in updating the community on its work. He also said he is not being paid for serving.

"We are honored that Sen. Lieberman accepted our request to serve as an adviser to the transition team," said Will Rodgers, chairman of the transition team. "He knows the community well and we hope that his contributions will reassure the community and the nation that the funds will be used thoughtfully."

According to officials with the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, there has been $8.5 million raised so far and the amount is expected to grow.

Corporations and other large organizations are expected to donate to the fund in the near future.

So far, $200,000 has been set up separately for first responders, teachers and others who lost wages.

Some of the money will be used to purchase two-way radios for the teachers in school.

"They wanted that to feel secure and communicate with first responders so we committed to help fund that," said Kim Morgan of United Way of Western Connecticut and member of the transition team.

In the end, Lieberman said he feels a sense of gratuity being part of the team.

"It gives me a chance to say thank you to the people of Connecticut," he said.

The fund was established by United Way of Western Connecticut and Newtown Savings Bank.

To donate to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, click the following link.

Copyright 2013 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Exit polls suggest Irish voters have repealed abortion ban

    Exit polls suggest Irish voters have repealed abortion ban

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:32 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:32:46 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 12:24 AM EDT2018-05-26 04:24:44 GMT
    (Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...(Clodagh Kilcoyne/PA via AP). Presiding officer Carmel McBride looks on as a woman casts her vote in the referendum on the 8th Amendment of the Irish Constitution, on Thursday May 24, 2018, a day early for the people that live off the coast of Donegal ...

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

    Full Story >

    Voters throughout Ireland have begun casting votes in a referendum that may lead to a loosening of the country's strict ban on most abortions.

    Full Story >
  • Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

    Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

    Friday, May 25 2018 2:22 AM EDT2018-05-25 06:22:51 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 12:23 AM EDT2018-05-26 04:23:47 GMT
    A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)A federal judge in New York says President Donald Trump cannot block his critics on Twitter without violating the First Amendment. (Source: CNN)

    North Korea language was milder than its typical inflammatory, harsh rhetoric but enough for Trump to kill summit.

    Full Story >

    North Korea language was milder than its typical inflammatory, harsh rhetoric but enough for Trump to kill summit.

    Full Story >
  • Authorities: Suspected restaurant gunman had gun license

    Authorities: Suspected restaurant gunman had gun license

    Friday, May 25 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-05-25 05:02:34 GMT
    Saturday, May 26 2018 12:17 AM EDT2018-05-26 04:17:02 GMT
    (Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.(Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman via AP). Jennifer Stong hugs Tasha Hunt outside the scene of a shooting on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Stong was inside the restaurant when the shooting occurred.

    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

    Full Story >

    Police: Man armed with pistol shot and wounded two customers at Oklahoma City restaurant before being shot dead by handgun-carrying civilian in parking lot.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly