By Jessica Lewis
Sun Staff Writer
NEW YORK – Senator Joseph Bruno (R- Brunswick) resigned from the position of New York Senate Majority Leader this week, leaving openings in the Senate Majority’s top two spots.
Tuesday those spots were filled, as Senator Dean Skelos (R-Long Island) was elected to the position of Senate Majority Leader, and Senator Thomas Libous (R-Binghamton) was chosen to take the number two spot as Deputy Senate Majority Leader.
“If I had to put it as a slogan, I’d say stronger in Albany. Stronger at home,” said Libous, who represents Broome, Chenango and Tioga counties, when asked what effect the change will have on Upstate.
Libous’ new role will allow him to bring Upstate issues to the forefront in Albany. He explained that historically, the Deputy Majority Leader has been responsible for running the Senate floor and chairing the Rules Committee. “This gives me better access to state agencies and others. This means good things for Chenango County, because I’ll have more ability to be helpful when it comes to economic development issues, which I’ve always done, but we can do better. Even better than before,” Libous said. “It will provide new and improved opportunities for the district.”