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Cops arrest former Huntington Town councilman Besen

Former Huntington Town Councilman Stuart Besen was arrested Sunday after police said he violated an order of protection against his wife.

Besen, 46, stood "over his wife Margaret Besen with his arms folded while staring at her while she slept" for 10-minute increments on three consecutive nights last week, according to a Suffolk Police report.

Besen, now an assistant town attorney with a $50,000 annual salary, denied the charge.

"The allegation is completely false and frivolous, and reflects how sad this divorce process has become," he said. "My only concern is our children having a healthy and normal environment to grow up in. I am committed to working with my wife and the courts to ensure that this happens."

Margaret Besen filed for divorce in March, but the couple continued to share their East Northport home. The order of protection, issued Aug. 4, states that Stuart Besen must "refrain from acts of intimidation and harassment," according to the police report.

The couple have two children.

Spokeswoman Laure Nolan said Huntington Town would not comment on Besen's arrest and labeled it "a personal matter."

Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy in February named Besen to the New York State County Judicial Screening Committee, which is responsible for judging qualifications of people seeking appointments to Suffolk County Court, Surrogate's Court and Family Court. Spokesman Mark Smith declined to comment.

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