Babylon supervisor stands by town attorney accused of assaulting girlfriend
There are calls for the Town of Babylon to fire a former town councilman it just hired as a part-time town attorney who was accused twice of beating up his girlfriend.
Lindsay Henry was arrested back in July and September last year, and both times was charged with assaulting his girlfriend. Despite that, he's been allowed to keep his $50,000 a year job as a part-time assistant Babylon town attorney – a job he started just a few weeks ago.
Babylon Supervisor Rich Shaffer says after learning certain details about the charges against Henry, he's comfortable keeping Henry in his job.
"I'm aware of some facts that are not public and I believe, based on my vetting of it, that I made the right decision," said Shaffer.
The town supervisor did say that if Henry is convicted of domestic violence, he will be fired.
A spokesperson for the town says Lindsay Henry declined to comment.
Many Babylon residents say the serious accusations against Henry should disqualify him from the job.
"I think it sends a message out to victims that their concerns aren't taken as seriously, and I think that's tragic," says Anthony Zenkus, the director of education at the Safe Center in Bethpage.
Henry, 55, is the son of former Suffolk District Attorney Patrick Henry. As an assistant town attorney in Babylon, Lindsay Henry will represent the town in personal injury cases.