Rockland County councilman creates Senate campaign account

A town councilman from Rockland County has opened a campaign account to run for fellow Republican Bill Larkin’s state Senate seat, but says he’ll do so only if Larkin doesn’t seek a 15th Senate term next year.

Tom Basile, a Stony Point resident and Town Board member, created a fundraising committee for the 39th Senate District on Sept. 26, according to state Board of Elections records. When contacted this week about the filing, he issued a statement in which he praised Larkin and clarified that he planned to run in 2018 only if Larkin retired. “Any effort on my part at this time is intended to simply lay a proper foundation for a vigorous, well-funded, well-organized campaign,” Basile said.

Larkin, who has been a state legislator since 1979 and will turn 90 in February, has made no public statements about whether he’ll run again, and has no immediate need to do so. State candidates begin collecting petition signatures for the November 2018 election next June, which is seven months away.

The 39th District consists of 10 towns and the City of Newburgh in Orange County, plus two towns each in Ulster and Rockland. Orange County Legislator Mike Anagnostakis, a Town of Newburgh Republican, and Assemblyman James Skoufis, a Woodbury Democrat, both have expressed interest in that Senate seat in the past. Skoufis also created a campaign committee to run for the 39th District in early 2016, but decided a few months later to run for re-election to the Assembly instead.

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