- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A leader of New York’s Senate Republicans has asked a judge to dismiss a federal charge against him while winning re-election and helping the GOP regain sole majority control of the Senate next year.

Sen. Thomas Libous, representing the Binghamton area since 1989, beat Democrat Anndrea Starzak, a former teacher and town supervisor, with 62 percent of the vote.

He has denied lying to the FBI four years ago in stating he made no political deals to get his son a job at a now defunct law firm.

In court papers this week, Libous says the case should have been filed in Albany where FBI agents interviewed him, that the single charge improperly cites seven allegedly false statements, and the indictment preamble is prejudicial.

Prosecutors have three weeks to respond.

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