Nassau DA clears Saddle Rock mayor after audit probe

Saddle Rock mayor Dan Levy who accused Sasha Saddle Rock mayor Dan Levy who accused Sasha Masri of attacking him during a village board meeeting, appears in Nassau County Court in Mineola. (June 6, 2013) Photo Credit: Jim Staubitser

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An investigation into allegations that the Saddle Rock mayor misappropriated village funds has ended with no criminal charges being filed, the Nassau County district attorney's office said.

The office began its probe into the actions of Mayor Dan Levy based on a complaint by village resident Sasha Masri.

Masri was convicted last year of third-degree attempted assault for striking the mayor during an argument after a board meeting in 2012.

While Masri was the one facing charges, much of his nonjury trial focused on allegations that emerged in court testimony for both the defense and prosecution about Levy. There was testimony that Levy had provoked Masri after Masri asked questions about a village audit that found Levy had caused village checks to be issued to a financial services corporation, then endorsed and cashed them himself.

Levy said last week he had done nothing wrong.

"Things were done, maybe haphazardly, to expedite things, and obviously it was a learning process for me as well, I was a new mayor. And that was it," he said. "Nothing was done intentionally to do any harm. . . . There was nothing criminal, nothing illegal that was done."

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Levy became mayor in July 2011, after the death of the previous mayor, J. Leonard Samansky. He was elected last March for a full term.

Nassau district attorney spokesman Shams Tarek said last week the office began its own investigation after Masri complained about the mayor's actions, but it found Levy did nothing criminal.

"After a thorough investigation, our office determined the evidence does not warrant criminal prosecution," Tarek said.

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He said his office notified Masri of its determination about his complaint on Dec. 23.

Levy's attorney, Elizabeth Kase of Garden City, said she and her client were "gratified but not surprised by the district attorney's findings."

Masri could not be reached for comment.

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