One week after being indicted on a charge of lying to the FBI, Senator Tom Libous says he is innocent. Libous did a phone interview with Binghamton area radio station WNBF Tuesday morning, and repeatedly asked voters to have confidence in him.

The charges brought by US attorney Preet Bharara relate to a case against Libous’s son Matthew, who is accused of filing false tax returns and making false statements about his income.

Prosecutors say Tom Libous urged a Westchester County law firm to hire Matthew Libous, and then arranged for a lobbying firm to pay his salary.

In the interview, Senator Libous said he did not want to comment on his son’s case but had plenty to say about his own defense. Libous pointed out that the accusations were that he made a false statement, not that he accepted bribes or abused his office. And furthermore, Libous told the host “I know it in my heart, I didn’t do anything wrong” and he expects to be found not guilty.

Of course, the case won’t go to trial immediately and in the meantime Libous does have an election to worry about. Libous said he is still planning to run for re-election, denying a suggestion from 2010 gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino that he planned to eventually drop out in an attempt to pick his own replacement.

That suggestion was made on the same radio station last month, but Libous said Paladino “is not my doctor” and that in fact despite his ongoing battle with cancer his doctors have encouraged him to run. That cancer is manageable but not curable according to the senator.

The accusations against Libous have lead to conflicting responses from his own party. State GOP chairman Ed Cox suggested that Bharara’s decision to indict Libous so close to the election was politically motivated.

Libous neither agreed nor disagreed with Cox, saying only that people can say what they want. Libous also said he was not surprised that the GOP candidate for governor, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, seems to believe he is guilty. Last week Astorino called the case evidence that Governor Cuomo has not done enough to clean up Albany.

Astorino has introduced his own ethics plan, which focuses largely on the state legislature, citing the growing list of federal indictment against lawmakers as major problem in state government.

Meanwhile the current governor is largely staying out of the matter. But Libous said Cuomo did call him and left a message, although the two have not spoken directly and Libous would not say what was in the message.

Libous does face a possible primary challenger, businessman Denver Jones, and a Democratic opponent, former Vestal town Supervisor Anndrea Starzak. He did use the radio interview to remind voters of past accomplishments, like saving the psychiatric center and helping bring new construction to Binghamton University, and ask them to have confidence in him moving forward.