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Indicted state senator said he’s seeking re-election

ALBANY -- State Sen. Thomas Libous (R-Binghamton) said after he was indicted on a charge of lying to federal agents that he will seek re-election.

      "Senator Libous has served the residents of the Southern Tier with honesty and integrity for the past 26 years," said Emmanuel Priest, the senator’s public affairs director on Tuesday. "He's innocent and he'll run for re-election."

          Libous, 61 and fighting cancer, has held his Southern Tier seat for 25 years. No Democrat has yet declared a candidacy to challenge the long-powerful and popular Republican.

          He is accused by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of lying to federal agents about a job he helped arrange for his son, Matthew. The indictment states Matthew Libous, 36, was hired by a law firm at an “inflated” salary with perks including a car. The indictment states the salary was paid in part by a lobbying firm that worked on transportation issues, which could go before Libous as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.

          Matthew Libous was indicted Tuesday on charges related to tax evasion.

          Two Democratic senators who were indicted are already serving in the Senate. State legislators can keep their seats unless they are convicted.

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