Onondaga County legislator, Julie Abbott-Kenan, tells NewsChannel 9 she had ‘a momentary and regrettable lapse in judgment’ before arrest

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SKANEATELES, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Onondaga County legislator Julie Abbott-Kenan tells NewsChannel 9 she had “a momentary and regrettable lapse in judgment” prior to her arrest early Monday for criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, in connection to a domestic incident at her Skaneateles home.

Abbott-Kenan spent the night at the Onondaga County Justice Center Jail, before being arraigned in Syracuse City Court, where she pleaded not guilty.

Abbott-Kenan was released on her own recognizance and is due back in court in Skaneateles on November 27th.

According to court paperwork obtained by NewsChannel 9, Abbott-Kenan’s husband, Steven Kenan, told police that on Sunday evening, he and his wife got into an argument that turned physical, with Abbott-Kenan hitting him in the face and breaking his glasses.

Abbott-Kenan called 911 and police arrived, with the couple agreeing that Kenan would sleep in the apartment above of the garage of their home.

Kenan claims a few hours later, he woke up to a repeated banging coming from the driveway, telling police he saw his wife with a baseball bat in her hands, smashing the front windshield of his 2019 Chevrolet Silverado.

Kenan asked that Abbott-Kenan be arrested for damaging his vehicle and requested an order of protection be filed, protecting him and his property.

Abbott-Kenan released this statement to NewsChannel 9:

“In the aftermath of a continuous and hurtful destruction of my marriage, I had a momentary and regrettable lapse in judgment last evening.

Nothing matters more to me than protecting the well-being of my four children, who have already endured significant trauma in their young lives – and accordingly I request that our privacy be respected during this difficult time.

I have spent years advocating for real victims of domestic violence, and will continue to do so with renewed enthusiasm.”

Kenan is the son of Bruce Kenan, a founding partner of Pyramid Companies, which owns Destiny USA.

Abbott-Kenan was appointed to fill a vacant seat in the Onondaga County Legislature in December 2018, replacing Michael Plochocki.

In November, she was elected to represent the 6th district, which includes the Towns of Skaneateles, Spafford, Otisco, Marcellus and parts of the Town and Village of Camillus.

Onondaga County Legislature Chair Dave Knapp tells NewsChannel 9 this case involving Abbott-Kenan could potentially be presented to the Onondaga County Ethics Board.  The members are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the Legislature. 

Abbott-Kenan previously served as the vice president of the Skaneateles School Board and is a former NewsChannel 9 anchor and co-host of Bridge Street.

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