Former New York State Senator Thomas Libous of Binghamton is officially appealing his felony conviction on accusations that he lied to the FBI about his involvement in getting his son a job with a downstate law firm.

The Republican’s attorney filed a notice of appeal December 8 with the U.S. District Court in Westchester County but the filing did not detail the legal basis for the appeal.

The 62-year-old career politician was sentenced last month to six months house arrest and fined $50,000.

Prosecutors did not recommend jail time based on statements from doctors that said Libous is not expected to survive his terminal cancer and has less than a year to live.