Statement from U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer:
"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."
Statement from Albany Mayor Gerald D. Jennings:
"On behalf of the City of Albany, I extend my deepest sympathy to the community of
Newtown. Today, in a senseless act of violence, countless children and teachers lost their
lives, and like many Americans, I am still struggling to make sense of what has happened.
Words cannot express the unfathomable pain of losing a child – it is a wound that will never
truly heal – and my thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families.
In the days, weeks, and months ahead, we must come together as a community – as
parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbors – to offer our support during
this unspeakable tragedy. I pray that those in Newtown who have lost a loved one will be
able to find comfort in our words of encouragement, if only for a fleeting moment."
Statement from Chairman of the Rensselaer County Legislature Martin Reid:
"This is a senseless and heartbreaking act of violence against some of the most innocent in our society, occurring in what is supposed to be a place of growth and safety. We are deeply saddened by the events of today."
"Our heartfelt condolences to those involved in or affected by the tragedy in Connecticut today. Please keep the families and victims in your prayers in the days to come," said Reid.
Statement released by Gov. Andrew 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."
Statement from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver:
"My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the horrific shooting in Newton, Connecticut this morning. Our schools should be a safe and nurturing environment for our children and parents should never have to fear for their safety when they are learning. If ever there is a time to finally have a serious discussion about our country's culture of violence that time is now."
Statement by 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."
Statement from New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg:
"With all the carnage from gun violence in our country, it's still almost impossible to believe that a mass shooting in a kindergarten class could happen. It has come to that. Not even kindergarteners learning their A,B,Cs are safe. We heard after Columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun laws. We heard it after Virginia Tech. After Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek. And now we are hearing it again. For every day we wait, 34 more people are murdered with guns. Today, many of them were five-year olds. President Obama rightly sent his heartfelt condolences to the families in Newtown. But the country needs him to send a bill to Congress to fix this problem. Calling for ‘meaningful action' is not enough. We need immediate action. We have heard all the rhetoric before. What we have not seen is leadership – not from the White House and not from Congress. That must end today. This is a national tragedy and it demands a national response. My deepest sympathies are with the families of all those affected, and my determination to stop this madness is stronger than ever."