Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.): "Congress is losing a strong, persistent and great voice, particularly on the issue of sensible gun laws. She is someone who, as a nurse and mother from Mineola, was as in touch with her roots the day she retired as the day she entered Congress 17 years ago. I encouraged Carolyn to run in 1994 to be a clarion voice on gun laws in the Congress, and she never let us down. She gave great strength to the movement to bring rationality to our laws on guns, and we will succeed in good part because of her efforts. I spoke to Carolyn today and told her I will very much miss her as a Congresswoman, but we will always stay friends. And even though she’s no longer in Congress, I look forward to her continuing her strong advocacy on the issues she cares about in the years to come."
Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington):
“Carolyn McCarthy is not only a colleague, but also a dear friend and fellow Long Islander," he said in a release. "She is a shining example of how one can translate tragedy into meaningful public service. Carolyn leaves a legacy of standing up for Long Island families, advocating for the safety of our children and fighting for critical gun safety legislation. She will be deeply missed.”
Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs:
“I’m very sad she has decided not to seek re-election,” he said. “She’s a good friend. I’ve been with her since the beginning and I feel very badly about it.”
Of the decision, he said: “I spoke to her last month. I had some indication that this was certainly something under consideration. My preference would have been that she’d run again. She’s been a good friend and she’s done a great job.”