Sen. William Larkin, R-New Windsor, Orange County, said today that he’ll run for re-election in November and if he’s elected, it would be his last term.
“This is going to be my last hurrah,” Larkin told Gannett’s Albany Bureau outside the Senate chambers this morning. He added, “86 years old, let someone else try it.”
A beloved figure in the Senate, Larkin was first elected in 1990 after serving a decade in the Assembly.
As a result of his decision, Larkin said he’s not too concerned about how his district will be redrawn in the forthcoming redistricting process.
“I’ll take what they give me,” Larkin said.
His district is expected to change significantly. Parts of Ulster County that he currently represents, including the city of Kingston, is expected to go to the new 63rd Senate District that would run through the Capital region and into the Hudson Valley.
Larkin pointed out that even though Kingston is heavily Democratic, he still won it in 2010 by about 350 votes.
Larkin, who is in remarkable shape, said “If I don’t put in an 80 to 90 hour week, it’s a bad week. That’s from my military (background) and I love it.”
Larkin served 23 years in the Army, including during World War II and the Korean War.