Senator Libous On Ethics Commission Letter
Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Albany Times Union reports the Joint Commission on Public Ethics will pursue an complaint against Republican State Senator Thomas Libous. Libous is also the Deputy Majority Leader in the Senate. The newspaper's report cites unnamed sources who said JCOPE sent a letter to Libous. The report also says the complaint the body is pursuing was filed by Binghamton Mayor Matthew Ryan, a Democrat. Tuesday afternoon the state senator's office released a new statement which read ""We've received an acknowledgment letter. We are unaware of any investigation." A spokesperson for Ryan said his office only knows that JCOPE received the complaint asking it to open an inquiry into statements made by former attorney Anthony Mangone in a federal corruption trial. The trial did not involve Senator Libous and he has not been charged with any wrongdoing. In an earlier statement to Action News Libous said "If there is any review by JCOPE, I will fully cooperate and would hope they would do it in an expeditious manner." Libous has denied Mangone's claim that state senator used his influence to secure a job and a pay raise for his son at a law firm in Westchester County. John Milgrim, spokesman for JCOPE, declined to comment on the information published in the Albany Times Union article. Milgrim would only say the commission does not comment on investigations or potential investigations. Click here to read Albany Times Union report.