NY State Senator and Wife Attacked at Seneca Indian Casino: “I thought I was dead”

Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 at 1:36 pm

You likely won’t hear much about this since the victims are Republicans.

Maria Grisanti sat at her dining-room table this afternoon, nursing a concussion and a badly bruised nose, and summed up how she felt late Friday as two women pummeled her on the floor of a casino bar.

“I thought I was dead,” she said.

She and her husband, State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, were in Seneca Niagara Casino to listen to their daughter sing at a black-tie event. Following the event, at about 11:40 p.m., they were in a downstairs lobby bar where the freshman senator found two Seneca businessmen in an escalating argument.

He tried to cool them down.

Next thing he knew, he was punched in the ribs and the back of the head.

His wife wound up on the floor, held down by two women, one of them punching her, the other repeatedly slamming her head to the floor.

The Grisantis told their story to The Buffalo News this afternoon, after Maria Grisanti was released from Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

Doctors there found that she suffered a concussion, a badly bruised nose and bruises on the side of her head.

Mark was a victim, and his wife was a bigger victim,” said one source who was at the casino Friday night.

One person close to the Senecas who was briefed on the incident today stressed that no Seneca officials were involved in the attacks.

Despite the claims no Senecas were involved, Grisanti tells otherwise.

One of the men asked him who he was. The second time he was asked, Mark Grisanti identified himself by name and said he was a New York state senator.

“He looked at me and said, ‘You haven’t done [blank] for the Senecas,’ and then he punched me in the ribs,” Grisanti said.

Sources close to the Senecas have identified one of the men as Eric White, a Seneca businessman. He could not be reached to comment.

The same sources said Seth Snyder, who is related to former Seneca President Barry Snyder Sr., also was present during the confrontation, though it is unclear what, if any, role he may have played. Snyder, a longtime major tobacco merchant, was involved in creating the foundation that hosted the Friday night event. Neither Snyder could be reached to comment.

They’ll just hide out on their reservation and will refuse extradition.


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