State Senator William Larkin is expected to announce his retirement tomorrow (Thursday, May 3).
The Republican lawmaker has called a news conference to “announce his intentions.”
Mid-Hudson News reported that a number of sources said he will announce he will not run in November. His office had no comment about the impending announcement on Wednesday, nor did Stony Point Councilman Tom Basile, who said he will run for the position if Larkin does retire and has begun light campaigning.
Larkin is 90-years-old and one of the last remaining World War II veterans serving in political office anywhere in the nation.
The senator began his political career when he successfully ran for New Windsor town supervisor in November 1975. After one year, he ran for the State Assembly and held that seat for several years until he challenged an incumbent Democrat and captured his current Senate seat.
He has represented Stony Point and the Town of Haverstraw for the last several years.
If he does announce his retirement, Larkin will be the second senior senator from the Hudson Valley to do so; John Bonacic, another Republican, announced last week that he would retire at the end of the current term.
Content edited from MidHudson News