Statement From Representative Carlos Henriquez:

I want to thank all my family, friends, colleagues and particularly the community I am privileged to represent who have expressed their support, love, understanding and best wishes during this confusing and upsetting course of events.

 

I have been accused of some serious charges, these allegations are completely untrue.

 

I was raised by a strong mother and also raised with a younger sister both of whom I respect and love deeply. My father, Julio Henriquez, who recently passed was a track coach and mentor to hundreds of young women from this community and I have dedicated myself to protecting women, not abusing or assaulting them.  Putting my hands on a woman is contradictory to my upbringing and my own morals.

 

As both a community activist prior to getting elected and as an elected official I have spoken with hundreds of youth and adults about the problem of violence against women.  I have worked tirelessly with multiple agencies and organizations who champion against the issue of domestic violence. It is a mission I am committed to in my personal and public life.

 

Currently, this matter is in the hands of the court and I am confident that when this process has run its course I will be vindicated of all charges.  This matter will be tried in the court and not in the media or in the court of public opinion.  I can assure my supporters and critics alike that I am innocent of these charges.  I will follow the advice of my attorney and not provide any details of this incident, other than to say and reaffirm I am innocent.

 

I will continue to work and serve the people of my district as I was elected to do. This incident is unfortunate and embarrassing, but I will not shirk my duties or hide.

 

I ask that you remain patient and keep me and my family in your prayers. I ask that you respect all parties involved and show support by helping to serve our community. I have faith that this incident will soon be behind us all and we can continue to serve and deliver for the constituents, the residents of the 5th Suffolk District.

 

Carlos Henriquez

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