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Hudson Valley residents react on Twitter to Conn. shootings
Hudson Valley residents took to Twitter to express their shock and sadness following Friday’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in nearby Newtown, Conn.
Congers resident Pete Dominick, who hosts the political talk show “Stand-Up with Pete Dominick” on SiriusXM, was devastated by the news and pushed for additional discourse.
“There are no words to describe the violence of killing children,” he tweeted. “Innocence lost. The gun conversation starts now.”
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Fellow talk-show host and Rockland County resident Rosie O’Donnell mourned as well.
“turn off the horror - only light can defeat darkness - pray for healing - those children - the mentally ill - a culture of killing in the US,” tweeted O’Donnell, who lives in Nyack.
Eric Hvisc, who works as a health science educator at Westchester Community College, addressed his concerns about mental health options.
“I can't understand how some one [sic] could do this,” he tweeted. “It's time to reopen the mental hospitals and start treating people.”
News of the shooting hit home for Laet Oliveira, a translator and former Westchester County resident who now lives in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“When I lived in Westchester, area between Danbury and Waterbury was a ‘dream’ for me, passed by Newtown a few times,” Oliveira tweeted. “Surreal.”
Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon owns a home in Pound Ridge, on the border of Connecticut.
“Can't believe the senseless tragedy in CT this morning,” she tweeted. “My heart is with the students, teachers & parents at Sandy Hook Elementary.”
Sean Patrick Maloney, a Congressman-elect (D-Cold Spring), also expressed condolences.
“Heartbroken by violence in #Newtown—something no child or parent should have to face,” he tweeted. “Praying for victims & their families.”
In addition to individuals, Twitter accounts for businesses and government offices expressed similar shock.
“OMG. Our hearts go out to Newtown CT today,” tweeted Pets Alive, a Middletown animal shelter. “18 children possibly dead & 9 adults in elementary school shooting. OMG. Godspeed little souls.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of the Newtown Elementary Shooting,” The Village of Elmsford tweeted. “Words cannot express our heavy hearts.”
Photo: Actress Susan Sarandon poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, Calif.