Local Reactions from Connecticut Elementary Shooting

December 14, 2012 Updated Dec 14, 2012 at 6:11 PM EDT

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December 14, 2012 Updated Dec 14, 2012 at 6:11 PM EDT

NYS (WKBW/Release) - “The horror of what happened is beyond words and leaves a permanent lump in your throat. To senselessly lose so many innocent lives breaks your heart. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who lost a loved one today, to all who are injured, and to those that survived. The people of New York will help in any way we can as our fellow citizens struggle to comprehend today’s events. Perhaps an awful tragedy like this will bring us together so we can do what it takes to prevent this horror from being repeated again.” -- U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer

Bishop Franklin Releases Statement on CT shooting

"That this heinous shooting involved such young children is especially grievous and heartbreaking. We wonder, 'How could God let this happen.' God did not make this happen, but God was there. And God cried just as you and I cried when we heard the tragic news.
Bless everyone whose lives were devastated by the event at Sandy Hook Elementary School today. May they be comforted in our Gracious God's loving embrace.
And from this day forward, may you and I, all of us, become activists for love within our own communities so that tragedies such as this cease."

“In the face of yet another tragedy of gun violence, I join all New Yorkers in extending my heartfelt condolences to the Connecticut families, friends and community of those affected by today’s senseless murders. This unthinkable act occurred in a place where our children should feel safe. As a nation, we must work together to prevent such horrendous acts.” - Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller

"There are no words to express the tremendous sense of loss and sadness we all feel right now. Our schools are meant to be safe havens where children can learn, free from fear and violence. On behalf of the entire Board of Regents and the State Education Department, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this horrific tragedy, as well as to their families and loved ones." - EDUCATION COMMISSIONER JOHN B. KING, JR.

GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO
"I was shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School this morning in Newtown, Connecticut. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the innocent victims – many of whom were young children – whose lives were claimed by this senseless and horrific act of violence. During times of such unthinkable tragedy, all New Yorkers stand together with the people of our neighboring state to grieve the loss of life and help bear the pain and anguish that will be felt by so many in the weeks, months, and years to come.
"While we don’t have all the facts and our focus must be on the victims, this is yet another senseless and horrific act of violence involving guns. We as a society must unify and once and for all crack down on the guns that have cost the lives of far too many innocent Americans. Let this terrible tragedy finally be the wake-up call for aggressive action and I pledge my full support in that effort."

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the innocent victims of today’s horrific massacre. We stand with the people of Connecticut during this moment of unspeakable tragedy.”

“My deepest sympathies are with families of those affected, and my determination to stop this madness is stronger than ever,” tweets New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.