Video leads to increased calls for Carrie Solages to resign

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There are increasing calls for Nassau Legislator Carrie Solages to resign as new video has surfaced of an alleged domestic abuse incident.

Solages was arrested on assault and child endangerment charges earlier this year. He pleaded not guilty and was re-elected last month with more than 70 percent of the vote.

As News 12 reported Thursday, the cellphone videos were first posted on YouTube in September by a Haitian-American news and entertainment organization called Tele-Image. The clips were accompanied by a wide-ranging interview with the woman who was allegedly assaulted at the hands of Solages, his ex-fiancee Marie Angeline Vincent.

After Solages’ arrest, then-candidate Laura Curran called on Solages to step down if the charges were “remotely true." But after seeing the videos yesterday, the county executive-elect took a more hardline stance and said, "As I've said before, what Carrie Solages has said and done is wholly unacceptable and he should resign." Legislative Republicans made the same call months ago.

Anthony Zenkus, of the Long Island Safe Center, says the videos are incredibly troubling.

“I think it’s of grave concern to have somebody in a position of leadership in the public who is shown in a video to be participating in actions like that,” says Zenkus.

Nassau Legislature Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams also called on Solages to resign after his arrest. He just released a new statement that reads in part, "The videos that have surfaced are troubling and only strengthen my belief that he should step away from his role as a county legislator and take time to focus on his own personal life."

Solages declined to comment yesterday and instead directed News 12 Long Island to contact his attorney. News 12 did just that yesterday and again today but so far has not heard back.

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