A Saddle Rock man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly assaulted the village mayor following a confrontation at village hall.
Sasha Marsi, who is running for village trustee, according to his lawyer, was arraigned Friday on assault charges and possession of a dangerous weapon. He was released on $750 bail.
Nassau County police said Marsi, 32, got into an altercation with a 57-year-old male, who was later identified as Village Mayor Dan Levy, and allegedly struck him while holding a set of keys. Police said Marsi grabbed the mayor and allegedly threw him into a bench causing multiple fractures to his left shoulder.
His lawyer, Meir Moza, denied the allegations against his client. He said the two were involved in a verbal altercation before a scuffle broke out. Moza said Levy directed profanity-laced statements at his client that led to a pushing and shoving match.
Marsi is a “peace loving” man that’s never been in trouble with the law, Moza said.
“This really is an aberration,” he added.
He was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance after police found a tablet believed to be Suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat addiction.
The mayor wasn’t available for comment.