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Cops: Ex-candidate assaults mayor at village hall

Sasha Masri, 32, has been charged with assault

Sasha Masri, 32, has been charged with assault and possession of a dangerous weapon and has been prohibited from having any contact with Mayor Dan Levy, police said. (Oct. 3, 2012) Credit: NCPD

A former candidate for Saddle Rock Village trustee was arrested Thursday and charged with assaulting the mayor at the Village Hall Wednesday, police and officials said, fracturing the mayor's arm.

Sasha Masri, 32, who ran unsuccessfully in March on the New Generation line for a village trustee's seat, became embroiled in an argument with Mayor Dan Levy just after the regular monthly village meeting ended, officials said.

The dispute escalated, and Masri, holding keys in his hand, first struck Levy, 57, causing a laceration to his head, police said, and then threw him into a bench, fracturing his left shoulder.

Masri then left Village Hall, police said, and Levy was taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment.

Levy, an ophthalmologist, said Thursday that he serves as mayor without salary, and this injury will affect his income and professional career. "We had to send all the patients home today and that's going to be the case for the next three months," Levy said. "I can't do any procedures with this."

Masri, of 35 Bluebird Dr., surrendered to Third Squad detectives in Williston Park Thursday at 12:20 p.m., Nassau police said.

He was charged with second- and third-degree assault, and possession of a dangerous weapon. Detectives said Masri also had a tablet of Suboxone, a narcotic, and he was charged with drug possession. He was to be arraigned Friday in First District Court, Hempstead.

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