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Malloy Appoints Members of Sandy Hook Advisory Commission

The 16 members will now "begin the task of taking a broad, systemic approach in crafting the recommendations that will lead to comprehensive legislative and policy changes that must occur following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School,"


Five days after announcing that Hamden Mayor Scott Jackson would serve as chairman of a new task force charged with drafting policy changes in the wake of the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook School shooting, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has provided a list of the remaining members.

The 16-member Sandy Hook Advisory Commission will review current policy and make specific recommendations in the areas of public safety, with particular attention paid to school safety, mental health, and gun violence prevention, according to a release from Malloy's office.

“I’ve asked this group to join Chairman Scott Jackson so they can begin the task of taking a broad, systemic approach in crafting the recommendations that will lead to comprehensive legislative and policy changes that must occur following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Malloy said. “This includes ensuring that our mental health system can reach those that need its help, looking for ways to make sure our gun laws are as tight as they are reasonable, and making certain that our law enforcement has the tools it needs to protect public safety, particularly in our schools.”

The creation of the commission is a response to the shooting, which claimed the life of 20 first-grade students and six educators. The lone gunman took his own life, according to state police, who continue their investigation.

The members are:

  • Chairman: Scott JacksonMayor, Town of Hamden
  • Dr. Adrienne BentmanDirector, Adult Psychiatry Residency Program, Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living
  • Ron ChivinskiTeacher, Newtown Middle School
  • Robert DucibellaFounding Principal, DVS Security Consulting and Engineering
  • Terry EdelsteinNonprofit Liaison to Governor Malloy
  • Kathleen FlahertyStaff Attorney, Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut, Inc. / Facilitator and State Trainer, National Alliance for Mental Illness in Connecticut
  • Dr. Alice M. Forrester Executive Director, Clifford W. Beers Guidance Clinic, Inc.
  • Dr. Ezra GriffithProfessor Emeritus of and Senior Research Scientist in Psychiatry, Deputy Chair for Diversity and Organizational Ethics, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University
  • Patricia Keavney-MarucaMember, State Board of Education / Former technical high school teacher
  • Christopher LyddyOutgoing State Representative, 106th Assembly District of Newtown / Program Manager, Trainer & Consultant, Advanced Trauma Solutions, Inc. / Former Program Director, Youth Equipped for Success!, Forensic Health Services, Inc. / Former Clinical Supervisor, Juvenile Risk Reduction Center, Community Solutions, Inc. [Membership effective January 10, 2013]
  • Denis McCarthyFire Chief, City of Norwalk
  • Barbara O’ConnorDirector of Public Safety and Chief of Police, University of Connecticut
  • Wayne SandfordProfessor, University of New Haven, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences / Former Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Emergency Management & Homeland Security / Former Fire Chief, Town of East Haven
  • Dr. David J. SchonfeldDirector, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement / Professor, University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics
  • Dr. Harold I. SchwartzChief Psychiatrist, Hartford Hospital’s Institute of Living
  • Bernard R. SullivanFormer Chief of Police, City of Hartford / Former Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Public Safety / Former Chief of Staff to House Speaker Tom Ritter

An initial report will be due to the governor by March 15, in time for consideration during the regular session of the General Assembly. The commission’s members are currently developing a meeting schedule, which will be announced as soon as it is available.

Additional information about the commission can be found on the governor’s website.

The above report is based on a press release from the governor's office.

Erik Musick January 10, 2013 at 02:53 AM
Just like a Democrat. First sign of trouble, form a commission. Blah blah blah. We know what the problem is already, Guvnuh. Go ahead and waste time dialoguing about it over expensive tax-payer provided lunches. If you want to save us all some money, just ask us, as the people of CT, what we want to do about this issue.

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