Remembering Former Senator Warren Anderson

By James Gaddis

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 1, 2007 at 11:55 PM EDT

"New york State has lost one of it's truly great leaders and certainly this community has lost one of its great friends," says Senator Thomas Libous.

If it wasn't for Warren Anderson, Libous might not have become a State Senator.

After serving 36 years in the State Senate, Anderson announced his retirement in 1988.

Libous, was then a City of Binghamton Councilman, with aspirations of becoming Mayor.

But Anderson, wanted Libous to succeed him.

Libous agreed to run, won the seat, knowing he would have some big shoes to fill.

"I would say that anything good that has happened to the state, Warren Anderson had touched, and had something to do with," says Libous.

He's credited with: helping create the SUNY system with Governor Nelson Rockefeller.

Bringing Binghamton University to Vestal.

And creating the Tuition Assistance Program.

But politics wasn't Anderson's first career choice.

Before the State Senate, he practiced law at Hinman, Howard and Kattell in Binghamton.

Jim Chivers, a partner in the firm, worked for Anderson in Albany.

"It's amazing what he did for this area and for the State," says Chivers.

David Gouldin, a partner at Levine, Gouldin and Thompson in Vestal, had known Anderson for 40 years.

"Obviously we owe a great deal to Senator Anderson," says Gouldin.

As for Libous, he continues to follow a piece of advice Anderson gave him a long time ago...

"There's some people that are honorable and there's some that aren't so honorable and you have to, you know, keep your head up high and do the right thing. And he helped me do that over and over the course of my career and I'm going to miss him terribly," says Libous.

Anderson is also credited with helping to bail out New York City, during it's financial crisis in the 70's.

He passed away this afternoon at Wilson Hospital.

And even at 91, had still been an active partner at Hinman Howard and Kattell.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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