Larkin, 88, wins 14th two-year term
Veteran state Sen. William Larkin Jr. easily beat back a challenge to secure his 14th two-year term.
Larkin, R-Cornwall-onHudson, defeated Democratic challenger Christopher Eachus, 61,496-44,640, according to unofficial election results.
This was the second time in the past three elections that Eachus, an Orange County legislator, unsuccessfully challenged Larkin for the 39th Senate District seat.
The district includes the Ulster County towns of Plattekill and Marlborough, central and eastern Orange County and the northern tip of Rockland County.
Larkin, 88, has been a state senator since January 1991 and was an assemblyman from January 1979 through December 1990. He was town of New Windsor supervisor in 1976 and 1977.
When he announced his re-election bid in the spring, Larkin listed among his legislative accomplishments the co-founding the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, leading the effort to create the Purple Heart Forever postage stamp, securing more than $30 million for construction of SUNY Orange’s Newburgh campus and helping to enact a law that requires all birthing facilities to screen newborn babies for congenital heart defects.
Christopher Eachus, left, and state Senator William Larkin Jr.