State Senator Thomas Libous and his son indicted on charges of lying to F.B.I. – Federal Prosecutor says Libous schemed to channel money to son’s business
His Bay Ridge comrade in arms Charles “Joe” Hynes is under intense investigation by the Feds [and many others] – His GOP running-mate, Congressman Michael Grimm, is circling the drain for Federal offenses – AND NOW, even his NY State Senate Deputy Leader and colleague Tom Libous has been indicted by the Feds
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says, “...This Office will continue to pursue elected officials who attempt to take corrupt advantage of their positions....”
The NY Times reports that State Senator Thomas W. Libous, the Senate’s second highest ranking Republican, known to be a close ally of Governor Cuomo, was indicted on today along with his son, Matthew, on charges that the state senator had lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and that his son had obstructed a tax investigation and had filed false tax returns....” (See “State Senator Libous Indicted on Charges of Lying to F.B.I.” by William K. Rashbaum, Suzanne Craig, & Thomas Kaplan, 7/1/14, NY Times/ nytimes.com [http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/02/nyregion/state-senator-thomas-libous-indicted-on-charges-of-lying-to-fbi.html?_r=0]).
According to the Times, “The senator and his son were charged in separate indictments, and the outcome of Senator Libous’s case, in which he faces up to five years in prison, could affect the balance of power in the Senate.... The indictment of Senator Libous effectively could deprive the governor of his most powerful and sympathetic ally within the Senate Republican caucus, which has shared control of the chamber with an independent faction of Democrats. But it comes just weeks after Mr. Cuomo made a break of his own, agreeing for the first time to help Democrats in an aggressive effort to capture control of the chamber.”
This part of the Times report is likely to be even more distressing to Brooklyn’s State Senator Golden, “The charges were brought by the office of the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara. *** ‘Public servants should serve the public first, not themselves and their families,’ Mr. Bharara said in a statement. *** Mr. Bharara’s prosecutors are conducting unrelated investigations focused on more than half a dozen other state legislators based on inquiries that had been conducted by the Moreland Commission, an anti-corruption panel that Mr. Cuomo created last July and shut down at the end of March.”
The Daily News and Wall Street Journal have both posted news articles on the Libous indictments (See “Thomas Libous, NY Senate's No. 2 Republican, charged with lying to FBI: UPDATED” by Glenn Blain, 7/1/14, NY Daily News/ Daily Politics Blog [http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/binghamton-sen-thomas-libous-second-most-powerful-republican-senate-indicted-making-false-statements-fbi-blog-entry-1.1850542]; see also “New York State Senator Indicted – Thomas Libous Charged With Lying to the FBI” by Erica Orden & Sean Gardiner, 7/1/14, Wall Street Journal/ WSJ online [http://online.wsj.com/articles/new-york-state-senator-thomas-libous-indicted-in-federal-court-along-with-his-son-matthew-1404230679]).
The Daily News feature by Glenn Blain contained theses details as updates: “UPDATE 1: ... The indictment comes as Republicans were already reeling from the collapse of their power-sharing agreement with the Independent Democratic Conference and vows by Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio to return the Senate to Democratic control after the November election....
UPDATE 2 : Bharara, in a statement, said: ‘As alleged, Thomas Libous took advantage of his position as Senator and Chairman of the Transportation Committee by corruptly causing lobbyists, who wanted Libous's influence to benefit their clients, to funnel money through a law firm to his son where Libous has gotten his son a position. He then tried to cover up his corrupt conduct by lying to FBI Agents about his knowledge of his son's arrangement with the firm, as the Indictment describes. Public servants should serve the public first, not themselves and their families. This Office will continue to pursue elected officials who attempt to take corrupt advantage of their positions.’ ”