Public Officials Weigh In on Libous Indictment

Published 07/02 2014 04:54PM

Updated 07/02 2014 04:55PM

Public officials are weighing in on the indictment of State Senator Tom Libous.

Federal prosecutors accuse Libous, who has also been the deputy majority leader in the senate, of lying to the FBI four years ago.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says that basically Libous was part of a quid-pro-quo deal where he allegedly abused his power by making arrangements to get his son a job at a law firm outside of Greater Binghamton.

And, then lied to investigators about what he knew.

Libous says he has served with integrity and that he's innocent.

Dean Skelos, who is the state senate co-leader, says he's saddened by the news and has confidence that the legal system will fairly review the matter.

Broome County Republican Chairman Bijoy Datta, who had worked under Libous years ago, says Libous will fight the charges with the same vigor he has fought cancer.

Datta also says he's glad Libous is running for reelection.

And, Binghamton Mayor Rich David says Libous is innocent until proven guilty and that judgement should be reserved until the legal process runs its course.

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