Sen. Libous to voters: 'Please trust me'

By Perry Russom

July 21, 2014 Updated Jul 21, 2014 at 5:48 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) New York State Sen. Tom Libous maintains his innocence, and says he has no trouble sleeping, despite facing federal charges.

Three weeks after being indicted on one charge related to lying to an FBI agent, Libous sat down with Action News to talk about the charge, his health and his political future.

"We'll deal with it in a court of law," said Libous. "I just ask people to please trust me."

His charge of making a false statement stems from a federal grand jury investigation into corrupt use of his position and political power.

Prosecutors allege Libous got lobbyists to funnel money to a Westchester law firm to hire his son in 2006.

"There's no conspiracy, no bribery," said Libous. "I didn't do anything like many of the other political people did. All they're saying is I gave a false statement to government agents and I don't believe I did."

If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.

Libous claims he's the same man he was before the indictment, saying nothing has changed in his life and it hasn't impacted the way he's doing his job.

"I sleep very well at night," said Libous. "I sleep very well because I know, as I said a couple of years ago, that I didn't do it, I'm not guilty, so it's pretty simple."

In terms of his health, Libous says his battle with cancer is going well. He's consulted with his doctors and they've given him the go-ahead to run for reelection in the fall.

"We're managing my disease and that's a good thing," said Libous. "I still have my chemo therapy every 21 days. I've had radiation therapy, but we're managing it."

He says he's been getting support from voters after his indictment, but accepts that others are critical.

"I don't expect everybody to like me," said Libous. "Everybody didn't like me before this situation came up. I mean, I never got all the votes. You never expect to get all of the votes."

A month away from his hearing and four months away from the election, Libous says he will be the best state senator he can be while fighting for his innocence.

In September, Libous faces a primary challenge from Republican Denver Jones.

The winner of that race will appear on the ballot against Democrat Anndrea Starzak in November.

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