New York state sen William Larkin, Jr., R-New Windsor, speaks with a reporter in the state Capitol in Albany, 20. June 2018.
A 90-year-old New York state senator, one of the two world war II veterans still serving in the legislature, cast what is likely his last vote at the beginning of this week, as the Senate wrapped up its current session.
Bill Larkin, spent 23 years in the U.S. army, before a second career in politics, a state legislator, arrived in Albany in 1979.
Larkin writes of his four decades of political career in the U.S. military Academy motto “duty, honor, country…”
“And a fourth is a personal guarantor – respect,” he says.
“If I don’t respect you, I expect you to respect me?”
. Bill Larkin
“If I don’t respect you, I expect you to respect me?” Larkin, said of the state Capitol, at the beginning of this week.
After his retirement from the army in 1967, Larkin in the policy by always supervisor in New Windsor, chosen in the vicinity of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Sen William Larkin, Jr., R-New Windsor, left, speaks with Deputy majority Leader, Sen. John DeFrancisco, R-Syracuse, in the Senate chamber at the state Capitol during the last scheduled day of the legislative session in Albany, New York, Wednesday, 20. June 2018.
Larkin was also a stretch of the Hudson valley, first as a Deputy from 1979 to 1990, then as a senator for the last 27 years.
The Republican legislator, who is to retire at the end of the year, forged a cross-party friendshisp during his nearly 40 years in Albany, he said.
“He is the perfect person to be in the legislature: He is inclusive, honest, bright and a perfect gentleman,” said Neil Breslin, a Democrat and many years of Larkin’s friend, who served in the state Senate since 1997.
Larkin started out as a private during the second world war and retired a Lieutenant Colonel. He served in the Pacific theater, where he saw combat in the Philippines.
“I was in the army. I met with people who took care of our country and I was very proud of,” said Larkin.
“I was in the army. I met with people who took care of our country and I was very proud of it.”
. Bill Larkin
He also led an all-black unit in Japan at a time when the military was still separated.
“These soldiers were good,” said Larkin, his voice rises in anger as he recalls racist insults exactly in the black troops. “We turned you.”
Larkin unit later in the war, fought in Korea.
Sen Bill Larkin, speaking at the third Annual Vietnam Veterans Day in New York, 28. March 2018.
(Sen Bill Larkin/Facebook)
Wisconsin state Sen. Fred Risser, 91, is believed to be the only other WWII veterans still serve in a state legislature, according to the National Conference of State legislatures.
Risser, a Democrat from Madison, joined the Navy shortly before his 18th birthday in may of 1945.
Larkin points of the legislation, veterans-causes and health care for children to the highlights of his career.
Some of his critics say that he prices, in spite of his longevity in office, he has not enough to do for Newburgh, Hudson River city plagued by drug gangs for decades, and high crime and poverty.
“He could hope have done to bring so much, that the city,” said Virginia Scott, a member of the executive committee of the local Democratic party.
But Newburgh is to see, to steer changes for the better, largely thanks to Larkin’s efforts, state aid to the city, according to mayor Torrance Harvey, a Democrat.
“It is a bitter-sweet feeing in the sense that we are losing a great advocate for the city of Newburgh,” Torrance said. “It is really sad to see him go.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Amy Lieu is a news editor and a reporter for Fox News.