- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 9, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State Sen. Bill Larkin, a World War II and Korea combat veteran, has participated in his final West Point Day as a member of the New York Legislature.

The 90-year-old Larkin, a Hudson Valley Republican, was official Senate host Wednesday for the Legislature’s 66th annual ceremony honoring cadets, staff and alumni of the U.S. Military Academy.

A contingent of 10 cadets from across New York state and four Army officers were welcomed in the Assembly and Senate, where Larkin praised the visitors’ commitment to military service.

Larkin announced last week that he’ll retire at the end of the year after nearly 40 years in the Legislature, including the last 27 in the Senate.

Larkin spent 23 years in the Army and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

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