Considering Senate Run, Binghamton Mayor Meets With Senate Democrats (Updated)

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Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan was in Albany a week ago quietly meeting with the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee about a possible run against Sen. Thomas Libous, R-Binghamton, officials said.

Ryan, the liberal Democratic mayor, has been considering a run, but has yet to make a final announcement. His spokesman Andrew Block declined to confirm or deny Ryan’s meeting in Albany.

Updated: In a statement after we reported Ryan’s meeting, he confirms it, saying “Last week, I met with the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee to explore the best options for serving the citizens of the Southern Tier. I look forward to continuing the conversation in the coming days and weeks.”

Ryan had strong words for Libous after Libous and his son were fingered in a Westchester County corruption trial. The senator was accused by a witness of having pressured a politically connected law firm to hire his son, Matthew.

Ryan put out a statement that called the allegations “extremely disturbing” and he called for a “full ethics investigation of these allegations.”

Ryan also surely angered Cuomo’s office when he took a hard stand against the 401(k) option Cuomo wanted for the public pension fund, calling it “dangerous for our retirees.” His position was lauded by unions.

Libous is the state’s second highest-ranking senator and is leading the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, which will be looking to retain its majority in November. Republicans hold a slim 32-30 seat majority.

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