The awful mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that has reportedly claimed 27 lives, 20 of them children ages five to 10, has left everyone horrified. New York politicians, at the local, state and federal level, have issued statements of sympathy to the victims at Sandy Hook Elemenrtary, as well criticisms of gun control policies.

Governor 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."

Senator Charles Schumer said:

Horrified by senseless attack on innocent children; praying for the families of the students and the entire Newtown community.


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:

News reports out of Connecticut are just horrifying. There are no words to express my sadness. My thoughts & prayers are with the families of Sandy Hook Elementary.

Congressman Jerrold Nadler:

“I am absolutely horrified by news of the cold-blooded shooting of dozens of children in Newtown, Connecticut. Yet another unstable person has gotten access to firearms and committed an unspeakable crime against innocent children. We cannot simply accept this as a routine product of modern American life. If now is not the time to have a serious discussion about gun control and the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our society, I don’t know when is. How many more Columbines and Newtowns must we live through? I am challenging President Obama, the Congress, and the American public to act on our outrage and, finally, do something about this.”

Congresswoman Nita Lowey:

“Today’s horrific act of violence in Newtown, Connecticut is senseless and heartbreaking. There are no words to express the profound grief we all feel at the loss of so many, especially young children. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their friends and family and the entire Newtown community.

“We cannot tolerate mass shootings as a mere inconvenience or a normal part of our everyday lives. Easy availability of the deadliest weapons to the most dangerous people has cost countless lives and caused immeasurable suffering, never more so than today. Our expressions of sympathy must be matched with concrete actions to stop gun violence.”

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio:

“No parent in this country will ever forget the painful images of children being carried out of Sandy Hook Elementary School. This is a terrible day, and it must become a call to action to protect all communities big and small from senseless violence. Our prayers are with our neighbors in Connecticut as they face this appalling loss of life.”

City Comptroller John Liu:

Horrified by senseless attack on innocent children; praying for the families of the students and the entire Newtown community.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer:

Today’s shooting at a Newton, Conn. elementary school is a tragedy of national proportions. Once again, a gunman has slaughtered innocent people in a public place—and the shocking toll, 26 dead, includes 18 young children. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of these victims.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn:

Horrified by the carnage at Sandy Hook Elem. Words cannot express the damage done to this community. My heart goes out to the families. From Columbine to Oak Creek, from Aurora to Newtown, our country cannot and must not live in fear of weapons designed to kill.

And Mayor Bloomberg just issued a statement, as co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns:

“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.”

President Obama hinted that he might take up gun control polices in his words expressing his deep sorrow over the shooting.