Tom Libous

Sen. Tom Libous reading to children.

New York taxpayers may pay more than $700,000 to cover the legal bills of a former state lawmaker whose conviction on charges of lying to the FBI was vacated after his death.

Sen. Tom Libous reading to children.

Federal prosecutors say they will not seek prison time for a New York state senator convicted of lying to the FBI about arranging a high-paying job for his son because the former lawmaker is terminally ill.

Bret Jaspers, WSKG

New York’s political world is focused on a race in the Southern Tier that could help determine the future of the State Senate.

The Deputy Majority Leader of the State Senate, Tom Libous, was convicted of lying to the FBI over obtaining a politically connected job for his son, and had to resign his seat in late July. The Binghamton based Senate district has held by Republicans for the past one hundred years, and has included the former Senate Leader, Warren Anderson.

  Two more lawmakers, a former Senate Leader and the Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate were convicted of corruption in the past week. But Governor Cuomo continues to say it would not be a good idea to call state lawmakers back to the Capitol to enact more ethics reform measures.

The second-ranked Republican in the New York state Senate has been convicted of lying to the FBI about arranging a high-paying job for his son.

Under state law, the felony conviction means Sen. Thomas Libous loses his seat. A federal jury found him guilty Wednesday.

A federal prosecutor says a prominent New York state lawmaker lied repeatedly to the FBI about arranging a lucrative job for his son.

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.