"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Larkin -- a decorated war hero who dedicated over 70 years of his life to public service, including over 40 years in the State Legislature. He was a constant force for good, including when he guarded Martin Luther King, Jr. during his storied march from Selma to Montgomery. Senator Larkin led by example every day of his life and was an inspiration to me and countless others who wanted nothing more than to serve the people of this great state and nation.
"Senator Larkin began his lifetime of public service by serving in combat during World War II, and it continued during the Korean War and 23 more years of service in the United States Army. We owe him and his family the greatest debt of gratitude for his heroism and tireless devotion to our country.
"On behalf of the New York family, I extend my condolences to Senator Larkin's family, including his wife Patricia, 8 children, 17 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren."