Legislator Solages proclaims innocence in Facebook post

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A Nassau County legislator arrested on an assault charge posted a message on Facebook proclaiming his innocence.

Wednesday's arrest of Democratic Legislator Carrie Solages on domestic violence charges placed the spotlight not just on the Elmont lawmaker, but also on the manner in which lawmakers and candidates across the county responded to the news. Solages' fellow legislative Democrat, Nassau county executive candidate Laura Curran, was quick to react.

"I was really disappointed by the allegations, and even if they are remotely true, he needs to resign," Curran says.

Legislative Republicans say the allegations alone are cause for Solages to resign.

"We are calling on Carrie Solages to immediately resign his legislature seat," says Legislature Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves.

GOP county executive candidate Jack Martins doubled down on the calls to resign.

"There's a person that suggests Legislator Solages came to her home and assaulted her in front of her child," Martins says. "There's also an allegation of drugs. Anyone of those issues should disqualify one from office."

For his part, Solages says he's innocent, writing on Facebook Thursday: "Pls know that the accusations raised against me are false. I am innocent And will have my day in court. I will continue to serve my constituency as I've done."

At least one county lawmaker says the calls for Solages to resign are premature. County Comptroller and Democratic county executive candidate George Maragos says: "Domestic violence of all kinds is reprehensible and must not be tolerated in our society. Although I find these charges alarming, we should reserve judgment until all of the facts in this tragic domestic situation are bought to light."

In addition to the county executive's race, every seat in the county legislature is up for grabs in the fall as well, including Solages'. And even Democrats acknowledge the legislator's arrest only adds to the political intrigue.

"It's a complicated issue, and I think it does complicate the election arguments in some respects," Nassau Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs told News 12 by phone.

Solages has been in office since 2011, and he's been popular in his western Nassau district. Two years ago, he won re-election with nearly 75 percent of the vote.

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