The wife of state Sen. Dean Skelos' son, Adam Skelos, was arrested in Rockville Centre on Wednesday night for allegedly breaking her nephew's $200 pair of glasses in half during an argument and trying to prevent him from calling the police, court papers show.
Ann Marie Skelos, 33, was arraigned Thursday on charges of criminal mischief causing property damage and attempted criminal mischief related to preventing an emergency call, both misdemeanors, according to a criminal complaint filed in Nassau District Court in Hempstead.
Her nephew, David Michael Hassett, 21, told Rockville Centre police that he got into an argument with Ann Marie Skelos at her home on Leon Court shortly after 10 p.m. and tried to report the incident to police, records show.
"While trying to call the police my aunt tried to snatch my phone from my hands," Hassett said in a written statement filed in court. "Instead of snatching the phone she took my glasses from my face and broke it in half."
He also wrote that his aunt "did not break my glasses by accident. She took them off my face while I was wearing them and intentionally bent them in half until they broke."
Hassett said in the statement he did not want his aunt to be arrested, but police department policy is to make arrests in domestic incidents even when complainants do not want criminal charges filed, said Ann Marie Skelos' lawyer, Dennis Lemke of Mineola.
Adam Skelos was present in court at his wife's arraignment Thursday in Nassau District Court, where she pleaded not guilty and was released on her own recognizance, Lemke said.
Ann Marie Skelos is herself a licensed attorney in New York, records show, and is registered with the state under her maiden name, Ann Marie Diaz.
"Just as she has supported the Skelos family through their recent ordeals, they are supporting her during this trying time," Lemke said.
Dean Skelos, the State Senate's former Republican leader, and his son, Adam, are under indictment. Dean Skelos is accused of soliciting bribes and extorting a malpractice insurance company -- widely identified as Physicians' Reciprocal Insurers of Roslyn -- for a no-show job with benefits for Adam Skelos, in return for legislative support.
The father and son are also accused of extorting a developer and an environmental technology firm for title insurance and consulting work for Adam Skelos in return for favors from Dean Skelos. The two men have pleaded not guilty.
At Ann Marie Skelos' arraignment, an order of protection was issued barring her from contact with her nephew, records show.
Reached by phone Thursday, Hassett asked a reporter: "How did it get out? It happened in the middle of the night.
"She didn't do anything that's newsworthy," he added.
Ann Marie Skelos is due back in court Sept. 23.