Nassau County Legis. Carrié Solages resolved a domestic violence case Wednesday, more than a year after his arrest for allegedly assaulting his son’s mother and endangering her teenage daughter, by admitting to reduced charges of disorderly conduct.
The Elmont Democrat, a former Bronx prosecutor, now will have to complete a 26-week batterer intervention program and undergo drug testing under a plea deal in which two misdemeanor charges were reduced to non-criminal violations.
Solages, 39, admitted while pleading guilty in Hempstead District Court that on June 21, 2017, he acted in a “disorderly manner” toward the mother of his son and her then 14-year-old daughter in the Valley Stream home they shared. The couple’s son was 3 years old at the time.
Judge Joy Watson accepted the Nassau district attorney’s office’s plea recommendation. She said she would sentence Solages to two conditional discharges, warning that he would face 15 days in jail on each violation if in the meantime he didn’t follow all the terms of the plea deal.
The judge ordered Solages to complete the batterer intervention program by April, saying she wanted monthly progress updates and drug screening results. Watson also signed orders of protection requiring Solages to stay away from the victims.
Solages’ Garden City defense attorney, William Petrillo, said the conditional discharge period would last a year and the case would be sealed.
Solages spoke briefly after leaving the courtroom, thanking his constituents, God, his family and his lawyer, but refusing to answer any questions.
“I am very glad that the criminal charges were dropped. I’m very glad that I’ve been able to maintain that I have not committed any criminal offense,” Solages also said.
“Today’s outcome supports the position he has taken from day one, that he did not commit a crime on that day,” Petrillo said, adding, “The decision to reduce . . . those charges... and to reduce them to what are the equivalence of traffic tickets is something that he was able to accept and live with as he continues on with his life.”
District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement that those in elected office should be held to a high standard and any violation of the terms of the plea agreement would expose the legislator to time behind bars.
“Today’s admissions by Legislator Carrié Solages evidence clear violations of the trust placed in him by the public,” Singas said. “Nobody should be victimized by the kind of misconduct to which Legislator Solages acknowledged when he pled guilty today."
Authorities had alleged Solages assaulted his live-in girlfriend after flying into a rage when he couldn’t find his stash of marijuana. They also had alleged the 14-year-old jumped on Solages’ back to try to pull him off her mother after he grabbed the woman’s arm and neck and pushed her against a wall.
Authorities had contended the assault left the 41-year-old woman with severe neck pain and scratches to her arm and took place after Solages realized she was taking a cellphone video of him. Police charged Solages with third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
Court records also showed after Solages’ arrest that the mother of his son told authorities she had not reported prior domestic incidents, such as when he allegedly broke down a bathroom door and turned off the water when her teenage daughter was showering because he thought she was taking too long.
The woman also told police she once flagged down an NYPD car to scare Solages off after he allegedly followed her into the city, according to the records. They also say the victim told authorities Solages claimed he would never get in trouble “because he owns the police department and the courts” and “has connections to the media.”
Criticism of the plea deal came swiftly from the county legislature’s Republicans.
“I am appalled that Carrié Solages was allowed to cut a deal with the DA that did not include pleading guilty to . . . domestic abuse. His behavior was shameful and no woman should be exposed to that kind of abuse,” Legis. Denise Ford, a Democrat from Long Beach who caucuses with Republicans, said on behalf of the governing body’s Republicans.
Legislative Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) said there wouldn’t be an immediate decision about whether to bring Solages back into the Democratic caucus. His post-arrest expulsion meant he lost his committee assignments and access to some party meetings and staff.
Abrahams said Democrats would see whether Solages follows the conditions of the court and, “based on how things will proceed, we’re going to evaluate where we are in the next few months and then from there, determine whether or not we extend an invite.”