New York State Sen. Morahan Loses Fight With Leukemia

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    New York State Sen. Thomas P. Morahan, R-Rockland, has passed away. Photo: Sen. Morahan, left, and Sen. Carl L. Marcellino, R-Nassau, were in the state senate chamber as they waited for the session to start, on Wednesday, March 30, 2005, in Albany, N.Y.

    New York State Sen. Thomas P. Morahan, a longtime legislator who championed a law that expanded mental health insurance coverage, has died at a Manhattan hospital. He was 78.

    Spokesman Ron Levine says Morahan died Monday after a six-month struggle with leukemia.

    He says the Republican lawmaker died at a hospital surrounded by family and friends.

    Morahan was a state senator for over a decade, representing towns in the northern New York City suburbs of Rockland and Orange counties. During his tenure, he introduced 230 bills.

    He may be best remembered for successfully advocating for Timothy's Law, which requires insurers to provide more mental health coverage. He was elected to the state Senate in 1999.

    Morahan was born Oct. 11, 1931, in the Bronx.