Senator Thomas Libous in a Binghamton radio studio in 2014. [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]

Southern Tier residents and elected officials are offering their thoughts on the death of former state Senator Thomas Libous. The Broome County Republican died late Tuesday afternoon at the age of 63.

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo, an Endwell Democrat, served with Libous in the state legislature for many years. They frequently worked on programs and initiatives for the Binghamton area. In a statement released by her office, Lupardo said she will "always remember how hard he worked on behalf of our community and how helpful he was to me when I was first elected."

Senator Fred Akshar, who was elected to represent the 52nd District after Libous left office, expressed appreciation for "the guidance he gave me as a new senator." Akshar said Libous was a terrific public servant." He said the work Libous did for his constituents "left a permanent, positive impact on our community."

Broome County Executive Debra Preston said Libous helped her get through significant challenges in politics and in her fight against cancer. She said Libous "did a great deal for the people of Broome County." She praised him for his "vision, leadership and hard work."

A "Tom Libous" sign in the outfield at NYSEG Stadium in July 2015. [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]For breaking news and updates on developing stories, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.