Larkin, 88, wins 14th two-year term

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Free­man staff

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.

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