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Mastic Beach Village employee claims in police report Deputy Mayor Bruce Summa grabbed her arm

Mastic Beach Village Hall is shown in a

Mastic Beach Village Hall is shown in a photo taken on Jan. 8, 2015. Credit: Ed Betz

A Mastic Beach employee has filed a police report against Deputy Mayor Bruce Summa claiming he grabbed her arm while working at Village Hall.

Secretary Deborah Watkins, who continues to work in Village Hall, filed the police report with Suffolk Police March 27 claiming Summa grabbed her arm during "a disturbance with village residents" on March 24, according to the report. The report was filed as second-degree harassment, a violation.

Watkins, reached by phone at Village Hall Monday said, "I have no comment."

Summa said in a telephone interview Sunday that he "casually touched her arm to get her attention."

He said Watkins was talking loudly and having an inappropriate conversation about village residents who could have possibly heard her discussing them.

"I asked her twice to stop talking loudly, and then I casually touched her," said Summa, who was named deputy mayor last week. He declined to provide more detail.

Summa said the incident was captured on surveillance cameras in Village Hall and that the exchange was witnessed.

"I feel confident that I will be exonerated from these false claims," Summa said.

In addition to police, village officials are investigating the incident because it occurred at Village Hall.


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