July 13, 2010


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State Senator Morahan loses battle with leukemia


NEW CITY – State Senator Thomas Morahan, who represented Rockland County and a small portion of southern Orange County in the State Senate, has died Monday of leukemia that he battled for the last six months.

Morahan, 78, a Republican-Conservative, served as senator since a special 1999 election to fill the unexpired term of Senator Joseph Holland, who retired. He is drawing high praise from both sides of the aisle.

His long time colleague, Republican Senator William Larkin, said Morahan was a very dedicated individual.

“He had a special concern for those less fortunate than he,” Larkin said, noting his years as chairman of the Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disability. “He did everything in his power to make sure that those individuals with those disadvantages were taken care of, and he did a super job.”

Prior to his career in Albany, Morahan was a member of the Rockland County Legislature and later, the State Assembly.

"His bi-partisan efforts and spearheading legislation such as Timothy's Law and Jonathan's Law made Senator Morahan a champion for all his constituents, and especially those most vulnerable amongst us”, said Gov. David Paterson, a Democrat. “Senator Morahan never shrank from a fight, even in his last days, and all New Yorkers are better off because his service.”

“It is rare that a person is in politics so long and remains so nice and so down to earth,” said Democrat Senator Charles Schumer of Morahan. “Not only was he a great legislator who helped Rockland County in countless ways, he had a big heart and everyone knew it.”

Morahan passed away at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center with his family at his bedside.

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