A Message From State Representative Thomas Vicino

"In all my years as a Connecticut resident, I have never felt such profound sorrow and loss."


Dear Friends,  

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Newtown.  Let me assure you that the State of Connecticut is using all available resources to provide support to the families who have been affected by this unspeakable tragedy.  

The crisis support officials now involved include counseling and response professionals from numerous state agencies, working in a heightened level of coordination. 

The state agencies involved now include the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Public Heath, the Department of Mental Heath, the Department of Education and the Department of Emergency Services. Also assisting are the Department of Public Protection and the Red Cross. 

For those of you who feel you may need additional personal assistance during this tragic time, I would recommend calling the state's 211 hotline (just dial 211 on your phone).    

Be assured that I will be in touch with you in the days and weeks ahead, to inform you of coordinated state relief efforts in Newtown and throughout our community as well.    

In all my years as a Connecticut resident, I have never felt such profound sorrow and loss as I have today.  I hope you will join me in offering your support for the grieving parents, family members and friends up in Newtown tonight.   


Thomas Vicino

State Representative Clinton, Killingworth, Westbrook.

Phil Sengle December 16, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Tom: All I ask and expect of you as a legislator is to not let the legislature rush into passing laws that will only serve to punish the law abiding. We need some time for a thoughtful approach which is only possible after our horrible sorrow and emotions subside.
Donna Whalen December 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Donna Whalen Tom, a very thoughtful letter. In addition to changing the gun laws, perhaps even more important, is the need to not cut services for the mentally ill. Prevention. I know you will do a wonderful job in Hartford.


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