Another senator has decided to call it quits. This past week, state Sen. William J. Larkin Jr. announced he would not be seeking re-election this November.  Larkin who represents the 39th Congressional District, which includes Orange County, has been in public office for more than four decades.

According to an article from the Mid-Hudson Times, Larkin made the announcement at an event held last week at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center. Attending the event were family, friends, elected officials including Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and, most notably, former New York Gov. George Pataki.

Bill Larkin said during his speech, that the reason he wasn’t seeking re-election was because he was losing his battle with father time. Larkin made a joke that this wasn’t the mythical blue wave state Democrats keep talking about.

Larkin got his start in politics as Town Supervisor for New Windsor in 1976 and executive assistant in the New York State Senate. Then he served in the state Assembly from 1979 to 1990, when he was first elected to the New York State Senate.

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