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With endorsement of iconic Senator Bill Larkin, Basile vows to fight affordability crisis and serve as he did, putting people first not government

Newburgh –  With iconic Senator Bill Larkin by his side and surrounded by enthusiastic supporters across party lines and leaders from all three counties in the 39th Senate district, Councilman Tom Basile today launched his campaign for the New York State Senate, promising to fight for taxpayers.  Stating “we’re all in this together,” the husband and father of three, businessman and elected official, Basile brings more than two decades of experience in government and the private sector to make our area more affordable for everyone.

“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.”

“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 a crowd that was waving orange and blue pompoms and holding signs thanking Senator Larkin.

“The people in this audience know there’s no such thing as ‘free,” Basile stated. “We cannot afford a Senator who would vote for massive increases in taxes and spending while doing nothing to drive reforms that will keep our families, our jobs and our seniors here. We deserve real leadership, not just grandstanding for the media.”

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. For his work in Iraq, he was awarded the Joint Civilian Service Commendation. 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.  

“Regardless of who you are or where you come from, you deserve to make it in our area. Together we will forge ahead determined to make our communities stronger, safer and more affordable,” said Basile.

“Today isn’t about me. It’s about us. It’s about the needs of the people of our area and the crisis of confidence we have in a state government that ignores too many, spends too much, taxes too much and often seems oblivious to people who just want to live here, grow a business here, keep their children here and retire here.”

Senator Bill Larkin, an iconic and respected figure in Orange County and State government gave Basile his enthusiastic 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,” said Senator Larkin. “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 thanked the Senator for his distinguished career in service to the country and the community. “I’ve worked for and with some extraordinary people in government and in the private sector – perhaps none more so than our great Senator Bill Larkin. He is a leader, a role model, an example of what is right in public service and a great man at a time when great men are in short supply. He is a man who has touched the lives of countless of friends and neighbors. We are in his debt,” said Tom Basile.

“We deserve to continue to have someone in the Senate who understands the basic economics that seem to be lost on New York City political bosses – that you can’t tax your way to prosperity, borrow your way out of debt and throwing more of our money at problems and programs isn’t a real solution we can afford. We deserve someone in the Senate who will be honest, principled, engaged and ready to stand up for what’s right for our communities,” Basile continued.

Basile and Larkin were joined by Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus, Rockland County Executive Ed Day, town supervisors, county legislators from across the 39th Senate District as well as State GOP Chairman Ed Cox party chairpeople from the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform Parties.

Outside of government, Basile sits on several community and educational boards including the Hofstra University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs and the Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, where he also holds the rank of Knight Commander. He is also a member of the National Italian American Foundation's National Leadership Council and several other civic organizations.

Councilman Basile and his wife, Carrie, reside in Stony Point with their three young children and a Golden Retriever named Brooke.

The 39th Senate Districts represents parts of Orange, Ulster, and Rockland Counties, including the towns of Marlborough, Plattekill, Newburgh, Montgomery, Cornwall, Crawford, Stony Point, Haverstraw, Highlands, Woodbury, New Windsor, Chester, Monroe, and Blooming Grove and the City of Newburgh.

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