Libous: Corruption in Albany is 'pitiful'

By Matt Porter

April 26, 2013 Updated Apr 26, 2013 at 5:58 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) State Senator Thomas Libous (R-23rd) said recent public corruption in New York has given Albany a black eye.

He said more needs to be done.

"Bad people are going to do bad things," Libous said. "And the type of corruption that took place is pretty pitiful."

Libous hasn't joined in on any of the particular initiatives being discussed in Albany including reform of campaign finances or adding a constitutional amendment to give the public a chance to recall elected officials violating ethics laws.

Libous said Albany needs to be careful not to overreact, but did suggest a change to the Joint Commission on Public Ethics.

JCOPE's chairwoman Janet DiFiore resigned this week after only 16 months on the job.

"Possibly give JCOPE more powers and authority, or maybe less powers and authority, it could be part of that process," Libous said.

Libous is also under investigation from JCOPE.

The investigation is the result of a complaint from Mayor Matthew Ryan who alleges Libous used the powers of his office to help get his son a job at a law firm downstate.

Libous said he doesn't think any law will completely eliminate corruption in government.

"I think there are going to always be bad apples in every barrel no matter how you're looking at it," he said.

On the gun control issue, Libous would like to disarm the governor's reforms.

"I just think the safe act is a bad bill," he said, "And I would like to see the whole bill repealed at this time."

When asked if he'd support any law limiting the type of guns a person can buy, he said no.

"I believe in the Second Amendment, I believe you have the right to bear arms," Libous said.

That included military and assault style weapons and high-capacity magazines.

He said he would support stronger background checks and penalties for those who break gun laws.

"I personally don't have a problem with background checks," Libous said, "And I don't think any good law abiding citizen should."

And in the upcoming debate of the governor's 10-point plan for women's equality, Libous said he isn't against the idea.

But that's all it is right now is an idea.

"We're all for equal pay, we're all for good bills to give women all kinds of equal rights in the workplace," he said "But we have to see a bill."

He said he would vote against any bills that would include increased access to late-term abortions.