Solages said she is focused on four “central issues.” “First is the redevelopment of Belmont Park in Elmont. I would like to ensure that we create jobs and build something that benefits the neighboring community without sacrificing the quality of life,” she said. Solages said she would seek to “streamline state government to make it more transparent. She said she wants to “improve public education by making sure we provide a love of learning and reduce our reliance on high stakes testing, and that we get enough state aid to our schools to prevent cutting of arts and music programs.” Solages also said she believes in supporting women and minority small businesses and providing them with tax incentives “so that they can flourish.”
Solages, 31, of Elmont, is running on the Democratic, Working Families, Independence and Women’s Equality lines. She was elected at 26 to the Assembly in 2012 and was the first person of Haitian descent to be elected to the Assembly. She was re-elected in 2014 and is seeking a third term. Solages attended Elmont Union Free School District public schools and is a 2003 graduate of H. Frank Carey Junior-Senior High School in Franklin Square. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University. Solages worked for a decade at Hofstra’s Axinn Library, her last five years there as supervisor of access services. In the Assembly, she chairs the subcommittee on child product safety. She also sits on the library and education technology, consumer affairs and protection, social services, governmental employees and racing & waging committees. She is an executive member of the Black, Hispanic, Puerto Rican and Asian caucus. Solages is married with one child.