Solages said he will continue fighting to undo the tax breaks granted to Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, which he and others blame for increased school taxes to many residents in his district. The mall’s owners have sued to keep the tax breaks after they were revoked this year by the Hempstead Town Industrial Development Agency. “The community is really in pain,” he said. Solages wants to create an independent inspector general’s office to review county contracts and better identify potential corruption. “We haven’t implemented all the safeguards we need,” he said. Solages also said he would oppose attempts to raise traffic ticket fees to balance the county budget and would closely follow redevelopment efforts at the state-owned Belmont Park. He said he wasn’t ready to endorse any of the proposals under current consideration, including a new arena for the New York Islanders. Solages opposed a previous effort to build a 25,000-seat soccer stadium on the land, instead favoring plans that included a supermarket and community center.
Solages, 38, of Elmont, is seeking a fourth term in the legislature and is running on the Democratic, Working Families, Independence and Reform Party lines. He received a bachelor’s degree in international history from Georgetown University and a law degree from Boston College Law School. He worked as an assistant district attorney in the Bronx and now works in private practice at his Elmont-based civil and criminal defense law firm, Solages & Solages. Before his election in 2011, Solages was a commissioner of the Nassau County Commission on Human Rights. He is single and has one child. He pleaded not guilty in June to misdemeanor charges of assault and endangering the welfare of a child, stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident involving his then-girlfriend