August 5, 2013
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sen. Thomas Libous who orchestrated the Republicans return to power through tough campaigns is stepping down as campaign chairman as he fights cancer.
The Southern Tier Republican will serve as an adviser to new Senate Republican Campaign Chairwoman Catherine Young of Olean in next year's legislative elections.
Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos praised Libous for helping to return the GOP to its only bastion of power in state government despite a Democratic enrollment advantage of nearly 2-to-1.
Libous will continue as deputy majority leader, where he runs the Senate floor debates and helps develop and execute the Republicans' strategy.
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