Newtown officials to vote on demolishing Sandy Hook shooter’s home

22 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Newtown To Vote On Razing Lanza Home.

Officials in Newtown, Conn., are poised to vote on whether to demolish the home that Nancy Lanza shared with her son, Adam Lanza, before he killed 20 first-graders and six adults in a 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School.House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) has labeled the immigration reform bill the House is looking to bring to the floor for a vote next week “the most significant and toughest border security bill ever set before Congress,” but members from both sides of the aisle say the legislation doesn’t pass muster. “This is a horror of a bill,” Rep. The prospects of that happening seemed dim until a few months ago, when Hudson City Savings Bank, which had acquired the home, offered to transfer ownership of the two-acre property to the town at no cost. “The only agenda with the bank was to do what the community wanted to do.

Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) told The Hill. “The cost is enormous, and it’s just impossible for the Homeland Security Department, I believe, to even engage in some of the responsibilities being asked for.” According to The Hill, McCaul’s bill is “designed to secure the southern border by requiring the Homeland Security Department to block all illegal migrations within five years, or two years for high-traffic regions.” But some lawmakers like Rep. The vote Wednesday evening by the Newtown Legislative Council approves a proposal by the board of selectmen to raze the 3,100-square-foot home and keep the land as open space.

It’s their town, and I’m sure they know what’s best for their community,” said Randall Bell, a Laguna Beach-based consultant who specializes in damaged real estate and helped negotiate the transfer on behalf of the bank. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) say that the bill is more than just difficult to implement — it’s also just bad policy. “This needs a big fix, and tinkering on the edges doesn’t solve it,” Becerra said. “And trying to avoid dealing with the tough issues is a wimpy way to make policy in Washington, D.C.” Not all of McCaul’s criticism is coming from the left, though. The town is also considering putting a limitation on the deed to the property specifying that the victims’ families would get any proceeds from any future sale or development of the land.

Jeff Sessions of Alabama echoed the Democrats’ frustration with the immigration legislation, saying, “We cannot be satisfied with measures that create the appearance of doing something while changing little.” At last, something both sides can agree on. Neighbors have been pleading with town officials to tear down the house, with one resident saying it’s “a constant reminder of the evil that resided there.”

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