Tom Libous

The son of an influential New York lawmaker has been convicted of three counts of filing false income tax returns and acquitted of four other charges.

Matthew Libous, an attorney, was accused of concealing some of his income from a now defunct law firm in Westchester County and from a cell tower company.

He was tried by U.S. District Judge Vincent Briccetti.

The New York State Senate finished its work on the state budget in an overnight session at the Capitol.

The governor and legislative leaders decided to abide by the normal procedures and let the budget bills “age” for three days before voting, so that anyone who is interested could read them.  Some of the bills were not printed until Sunday evening, which made them eligible for voting on Wednesday. Senators abided by the letter, if not the spirit of the law.