HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- The tragedy at Sandy Hook had and continues to have an emotional impact on many in the state.
Next to the first responders that day, the state's top political leaders were closest to the tragedy and the families, and they say it continues to have impact on them.
Governor Dannel Malloy, who was at the firehouse across from the Sandy Hook school six months ago today, and who informed the parents gathered there that their children had been killed, says the day has had a profound impact on him.
"Not a day goes by that I...it's not on my mind five or six times, what happened here in Connecticut was dreadful," Malloy said.
Connecticut's two U.S. Senators, who were also there on that day, say it has changed them as well.
"Sandy Hook and those 20 kids and the families they left behind are what I think about every morning when I wake up," said Senator Chris Murphy, "and every night when I go to bed."
Connecticut's Senators and the Governor say that the tragedy at Sandy Hook not only changed the political landscape about gun control here in Connecticut, but nationally.
"Six months ago gun violence control was thought to be politically untouchable," said Senator Richard Blumenthal, "we're on a course now that's politically unstoppable."
"I've collaborated with the moms and dads in making sure that their message gets out across the country...this is very important work," said Malloy.
Governor Malloy chose this six month anniversary to announce that funding to begin the process of building a new Sandy Hook school will be approved next week.
"We put money on the bond agenda for next week so that we'll begin the design phase of this project," Malloy said. "I support the decision that the community has made, I always said it needed to be their decision and we will move forward."
The Governor says the State Bonding Commission will approve $750 million toward the design of a new building at its meeting next Friday.
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