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Arrested last night, state Senate candidate David Mejias issued this statement:

As reported, last night I was arrested on misdemeanor charges. As a County Legislator,
I fully supported the policy in Nassau County that mandates that any person
implicated in a possible domestic dispute be arrested immediately regardless of
whether the facts have been established. Even after a night in jail, I strongly support
the policy. I have nothing to hide, and have every confidence that when the facts
are known and established I will be completely exonerated of all charges. I am fully
cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation.

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I have spent a lifetime, both as a private citizen and as a County Legislator, working
for equality for all, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation. My work as
a pro-bono attorney for, and my unwavering support of, the Coalition Against
Domestic Violence and the victims they so passionately protect is well documented.
It is my core belief that domestic violence of any kind should never be tolerated.

When I entered the race for State Senate in the 6th district, I did so to continue and
expand upon the work I have done to protect Long Island families. The values of
equality for all and equal protection and safety under the law have shaped me and
embodied all facets of my life, both personal and professional. Through the actions of
Albany politicians, we have seen that they are more concerned about protecting the
dysfunctional status quo than protecting these fundamental rights and protections
that every New Yorker are entitled to. My passion to uphold these values has not been
diminished by these unfounded allegations. I am grateful for the outpouring of support
from friends, family, colleagues and supporters. I will be taking these next few days to
develop with them a plan to ensure that the progressive change in Albany that Long
Island families so desperately need moves forward.