Thomas W. Libous

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Thomas Libous
New York State Senator Thomas W. Libous.jpg
Member of the New York Senate
from the 52nd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 1989
Preceded by Warren Anderson
Personal details
Born (1953-04-16) April 16, 1953 (age 62)
Johnson City, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Frances
Children Matthew
Nicholas
Alma mater State University of New York,
Broome

State University of New York,
Utica
Website Official website

Thomas W. Libous is the New York State Senator representing the 52nd Senate District representing Broome, Tioga, Chenango and Delaware County. He is serving his fourteenth term[1] in the New York State Senate. He is currently Deputy Majority Leader.[2]

Libous is a member of the Republican Party but he is also endorsed by the Conservative Party of New York and the Independence Party. He has served as Chair of the Transportation Committee, Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Committee, the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee and the Select Committee on the Disabled.

Early life and education[edit]

Libous grew up on Johnson City, New York's North Side and attended Johnson City Central School District. At a young age, he worked at his family's grocery store in Binghamton. Libous graduated from Broome Community College in 1973 and from the State University of New York at Utica in 1975, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Finance with honors.

Career[edit]

Private sector[edit]

After graduation, Libous returned to Binghamton and was employed by Chase Lincoln First Bank from 1975 through 1983, eventually becoming the director of marketing. In 1983, Libous became vice president of marketing for the Johnson City Publishing Company in Binghamton. He held that position until his election to the New York State Senate.

A part-time instructor at SUNY Broome Community College, Libous has taught courses in banking, marketing and finance.

Early political career[edit]

Libous began his political career working on various campaigns for his uncle, Binghamton mayor Alfred Libous. In 1984, Libous was elected to Binghamton City Council representing the city's south side. He was re¬elected in 1987 and served as the council's minority leader. He also served as president of the New York State Association of City Councils.

New York State Senate[edit]

In 1988, Libous was elected to the New York State Senate, succeeding Senate Majority Leader Warren M. Anderson. From 2008 to 2012, he proceeded through a series of leadership positions including Deputy Majority Leader, Deputy Minority Leader, and Chair of the Senate Republican Campaign Committee. Libous is currently Deputy Majority Leader.

Libous has served on a variety of committees including Alcohol & Drug Abuse, Select Committee on the Disabled, Mental Health & Development Disabilities, and Transportation. In his time as chairman of these committees, Libous has sponsored legislation which created the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, sought to curb underage drinking, created the Traumatic Brain Injury Program, tried to improve the quality of life for those with disabilities and mental health, worked to increase funding for transportation projects.[citation needed]

Libous opposed the Marriage Equality Act recognizing same-sex marriage (passed 33-29).[3] He also voted against requiring background checks for gun purchases (passed 43-18),[4] tightening labor standards for domestic employees (passed 35-26),[5] and lessening penalties for those found with hypodermic needles (passed 43-18).[6]

Controversy[edit]

Libous has been scrutinized on several different occasions upon his time as a New York State Senator. In 2012, he was highlighted in a Yonkers corruption trial for his role in attempting to help his son receive a job at a law firm there.[7] On July 1, 2014, Libous was indicted on charges of lying to the FBI regarding the circumstances of his son's employment at the law firm.[8] Libous has also been scrutinized for having ties to a real-estate company holding gas leases founded by his wife and run by a campaign donor.[9]

Community projects and programs[edit]

As Senator, he has worked on economic development deals to bring and retain thousands of jobs to the Southern Tier, helped convince the Ottawa Senators to locate its American Hockey League affiliate in Binghamton, brought the PGA Champions Tour's Dick's Sporting Goods Open golf tournament to Endicott, and kept the AA-Level Binghamton Mets Baseball Club in the Southern Tier.[citation needed]

In 1989, Libous founded YES! Safe Choices for Kids (now a partnership with Lourdes Hospital) to help kids learn about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Each year, YES! trains hundreds of high school students to teach the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse to elementary school students, sponsors local events and programming and offers a drug and alcohol prevention resources for families on its website.[10]

In 1998, Libous founded the Student Community Service Awards (SCSA) through a partnership with WBNG-TV and Broome-Tioga BOCES. Each year, the SCSA program awards scholarships to high school seniors based on community volunteer work. Each honoree is selected by his or her school district.[11]

In 2000, he founded BOOKS (now a partnership with Morrisville State College) to encourage kids to become better readers. BOOKS takes a unique position on reading by rewarding kids for time spent reading rather than for the number of books finished and offers a variety of resources encouraging children to read on its website.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Libous lives in Binghamton with his wife, Fran, who serves as Vice Chair of the Workers Compensation Board. The couple has two grown sons—Matt and Nick. In 2009, Libous was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He underwent treatment while still serving as State Senator. In 2010, he founded I Turned Pro to encourage men over age 50 to talk to their doctors about the risk for prostate cancer.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.wbng.com/news/local/NYS-52nd-Senate-281531891.html
  2. ^ http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/2015/05/libous-will-remain-deputy-leader
  3. ^ "Bill A8354-2011". New York Senate. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Bill S2230-2013". New York Senate. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bill S2311D-2009". New York Senate. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bill S5620A-2009". New York Senate. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Hakim, Danny (15 May 2012). "Ethics Panel Opens Inquiry Into No. 2 Leader in State Senate". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Rashbaum, William K.; Craig, Susanne; Kaplan, Thomas (1 July 2014). "State Senator Libous Indicted on Charges of Lying to F.B.I.". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Klopott, Freeman (9 May 2013). "N.Y. Senate Fracking Backer Tied to Firm With Gas Lease". Bloomberg. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "About Us". YES! Safe Choices For Kids. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Student Community Service Awards". WBNG News. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Reading Programs". Books Program. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Libous Undergoing Second Round of Chemotherapy". WICZ News. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2014. 

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
Warren Anderson
Member of the New York Senate
from the 51st district

1989–2003
Succeeded by
James Seward
Preceded by
Randy Kuhl
Member of the New York Senate
from the 52nd district

2003–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Dean Skelos
Deputy Majority Leader of the New York Senate
2008
Succeeded by
Jeffrey Klein
Preceded by
Jeffrey Klein
Deputy Majority Leader of the New York Senate
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Neil Breslin
Preceded by
Jeffrey Klein
Deputy Majority Leader of the New York Senate
2011–2010
Incumbent