|ALBANY – Sen. Thomas Libous, the state Senate’s second-ranking Republican and a Southern Tier political institution for more than two decades, was convicted Wednesday of lying to the FBI, a felony that will force his removal from office.
A jury found Libous, 62, guilty of lying to federal investigators during a 2010 interview at his state Capitol office about an alleged scheme to use his influence to get his son a job at a politically connected Westchester County law firm.
The verdict, after six hours of deliberations, was announced in White Plains federal court. Libous’ ouster from office will raise new questions about whether Democrats or Republicans will control the 63-seat chamber when they return to Albany in January.
Libous will be sentenced Oct. 30 and faces up to five years in prison.
“Today, a jury unanimously found that Tom Libous, the second highest ranking New York senator, told lie…
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