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.