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Passing of the torch in Senate District 39. It is not clear yet who will run against Republican candidate Tom Basile

Newburgh – With Senator Bill Larkin by his side, Councilman Tom Basile on Saturday launched his campaign for the New York State Senate, promising to fight for taxpayers.

“For nearly 30 years, the people of our area have trusted Bill Larkin to fight for them in the Senate at a time when our state government too often works against the success of our families and businesses,” said Basile, who is in his second term as Councilman in Stony Point. “I will serve as he served – putting people and common sense over politics and division to ensure we all can live, work and raise a family here.”

A crowd of enthusiastic supporters from all three counties in the 39th Senate district gathered at the Newburgh Armory to hear the announcement.  A central theme of Basile’s speech was “we’re all in this together.”

“When I say ‘we’re all in this together,’ I mean it. As a husband and a father, a small-business owner and an elected official, I know how hard it is to make it in our area,” he told the audience.

Basile’s previous government service includes the Administrations of Governor George Pataki and President George W. Bush, including as an advisor to the Coalition government in Baghdad, Iraq. Basile has owned his own business for more than a dozen years, is a published author, has taught at Fordham University, and was also managing director of a New York City-based public relations firm.

Senator Bill Larkin gave Basile his endorsement during the campaign kickoff.

“I’ve been privileged to serve the people of our area for many years. I’ve been honored to have your trust – and I trust Tom Basile,” Senator Larkin said. “Tom will be a champion for people from all walks of life and all backgrounds. “Tom is a tested leader and he’ll put people first, not government. He will be a tireless advocate for taxpayers and fighter when some in Albany look to do nothing but raise taxes and spend more we don’t have.”

Basile is a father of three and is serving his second term as Stony Point councilman.

Edited from Campaign Press Release – Original RCT Coverage in Thursday’s Edition

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