Senator Libous Has Died

NYS Senator Thomas Libous has died.  He was in his Senate seat for 27 years. The Press has gone to great lengths to print stories of his passing.  According to the one Press article, the “Senator was remembered as a caring and passionate public servant”.                                        In a somewhat different view from that of the Press, we saw the Senator as a person who could use public money to take care good care of many well connected people in the community and to his family.

Help for the Well Connected

He was able to engineer the buyout of the former IBM facilities in Endicott by a small group called EIT. The distribution of about $70 million in taxpayers to this group was to insure that 2000 former IBM jobs were saved. While the group was able to purchase a private jet for trips to the Caribbean and Europe, they had to immediately begin the layoff of the work force. Today those promised 2000 jobs have been reduced to approximately 450. Only the workers and the taxpayers lost out.  None of the incentive money was returned by the developers and NYS has never asked for it.

Earlier Libous was most helpful in obtaining approximately $23 million to help a small local food distribution company.  The owners repaid him by providing the food for the Senator’s annual Steak Roast. This was the Senator’s major “public” fund raiser and was attended by many thousands.

                                            The Senator was tough on Welfare for the Poor.

 Providing for the Family

The Senator’s wife, with no training, and no need to pass a civil service exam was appointed to high level taxpayer funded jobs.  While the Mrs. was only paid approximately $100,000+ annually, with great benefits, every little bit helps. Mrs. Libous left her position as Assistant Director of the NYS Workers Compensation Board at the end of 2015.  According to the Times Union newspaper in Albany Mrs. Libous worked principally from one of the Libous homes in the state of Florida.

Senator Libous was able, through a quirk in the law, to begin collecting his NYS pension while he was still collecting his pay as Senator.

Senator Libous was accused of offering to get State business for a law firm to hire the Senator’s son at a pay of $150,000 a year plus perks. The Senator was accused of promising the law firm more State business than they could handle. When questioned by the FBI about these allegations, the Senator lied, was tried, and found guilty of fraud, a felony. The son went to prison for tax evasion.

                                                The Senator was tough on Welfare for the Poor.

 What about Felons of Color?

When you think of all of the Press coverage for the Senator, and all of the accolades given in that coverage to Libous’ role in giving public money to developers, please also consider how much coverage and what type of coverage would be given to a black felon who took public funds to help his friends and family.

Former Senator Tom Libous prided himself on being tough on Welfare for the Poor and generous to corporate welfare recipients.  He proudly spent some of his last days in office pushing measures to curb purported “welfare fraud.”  Despite millions spent yearly trying to root out this purported problem and constant efforts to make getting (and staying on) public assistance very difficult, there is little evidence aside from stories to suggest the problem is either widespread or costly.  Around the same time Tom Libous came out strongly for curbing the non-problem of welfare fraud, he was pictured standing behind Governor Cuomo as he signed the Start-Up New York (dubbed “Stick-Up NY” in a previous People’s Press article) that gave some business and their employees ten years free of tax.

The millions given by politicians to the well connected people and  family members is public money.  Those who do this should spend time in orange jump suits picking up debris along the highways.

 

 

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