- Associated Press - Friday, July 24, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A Republican state senator’s felony conviction has cut the GOP’s already slender majority in the Senate to the barest minimum.

Former Sen. Tom Libous of Binghamton automatically lost his seat after a federal jury convicted him Wednesday of lying to the FBI about using the influence of his position to help his son get a job at a law firm.

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan says the Republican conference still holds the 32-seat majority and is confident of keeping that Binghamton seat in a special election.

The majority now consists of 31 senate Republicans and conservative Democrat Sen. Simcha Felder of Brooklyn who conferences with them.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’ll probably order the special election and favors Democrat Barbara Fiala, ex-state motor vehicles commissioner and Broome county executive.

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