State Sen. Tom Libous enters not guilty plea, vows to fight charges

This article originally appeared in The Daily News.
BY  ,  NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 5:11 PM
Republican state Sen. Thomas Libous pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges he lied to the FBI and he vowed to fight the allegations made against him by federal prosecutors.
“I’m innocent from any of these charges,” Libous, who represents the Binghamton area, told reporters outside the federal courthouse in White Plains. “It’s the kind of thing that’s very disappointing and we’re going to fight them. We’re going to fight them because I’ve spent the last 26 years working very hard for the people of the Southern Tier, I’m going to continue to do that. I’m very proud of my record and I’m not going to let this hold me back at all.”

Libous was released on $50,000 bail by Judge Lisa Margaret Smith but was forced to surrender his passport. His next court appearance is set for Sept. 3rd.

Federal prosecutors accused Libous of lying to investigators who were probing allegations that he used his influence to obtain a job for his son at a Westchester law firm. Matthew Libous was also indicted on charges of failing to report thousands of dollars in income to the federal government.

“Of course I love my son and I hurt for him,” the senator said Tuesday afternoon. “He is innocent and he’s going to fight his charges. It all started when they said I tried to help my son and it was a crime, but it certainly wasn’t.”

The indictment is just the latest hardship to hit the Libous family. He is battling what he described as a terminal case of prostate cancer that has spread to his lungs and spine.

“I think a lot of people with a situation like mine, who have a terminal disease, go to work everyday,” Libous said. “I like to think I give encouragement and give people a reason to get up and go to work. I’m not going to sit home and wither away.”

Libous must also run for re-election this year and Democrats, following his indictment, vowed to actively pursue his seat.

“We intend to compete for that district and are optimistic about our chances,” said Queens Sen. Mike Gianaris, head of the Democrats’ campaign committee.

Libous believes voters will be understanding.

“I’m going to tell them to give me the trust and confidence that they’ve always given me and I would ask them not to make a decision until the final decision is in,” he said.

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Author: sabrinacaserta

Sabrina Caserta, born and bred in Bronx, New York, is a freelance reporter whose work has appeared in the New York Daily News and Street Sense- a homeless-run street paper located in the District. As a member of Roger Williams University’s class of 2016, Sabrina studied Journalism and Political Science. This fueled her passion for social justice reporting, including issues of homelessness, institutionalized racism, poverty, education and the environment. She also served as the Project Director of the nation-brand initiative, The Re:Imagine Jamaica Project, and as a Resident Assistant for three years. As an avid reader, health enthusiast and travel addict, Sabrina enjoys yoga, cooking and writing in her spare time. She aspires to one day be an investigative journalist and travel the world. Twitter: @sabrinacaserta Email: sabcaserta AT gmail DOT com

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