Former NY State Senator Tom Libous Dies After Cancer Battle

A longtime New York state senator who helped lead its Republican majority before his conviction last year for lying to the FBI has died.

Tom Libous, who was 63, died Tuesday after a prolonged battle with cancer. His death was announced in a statement from Libuous' family.

Libous lost his seat as the Senate's deputy majority leader after being convicted in July. Prosecutors say he lied to agents asking how his son Matthew got a $150,000-a-year job with a White Plains law firm.

The conviction automatically cost the Binghamton lawyer his Senate seat. He was sentenced to six months of house arrest and a $50,000 fine.

He was first elected 1988.

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