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Grisanti statement on Seneca Niagara incident

by jmaloni
Mon, Feb 13th 2012 07:00 am

State Sen. Mark Grisanti released this statement after an altercation Friday at the Seneca Niagara Casino:

"Friday night, my family and I attended the seventh annual Seneca Diabetes Foundation Chairman's Ball at the Seneca Niagara Hotel in Niagara Falls. This was a wonderful event raising funds for a great cause. We also had additional interest in the event, because my daughter was performing on stage with the world-famous Scintas singing group.

"Later in the evening, two men from the Seneca Nation were in a heated argument that appeared about to turn physical when I stepped in, introduced myself, and tried to calm to the situation. One of the men then physically attacked me. My wife, Maria, was then also attacked and I moved to try to protect her.

"As a result, my wife was injured and was subsequently treated at a local hospital. Maria is doing fine today and resting comfortably at home. We were stunned by the incident and truly relieved nothing worse occurred.

"I appreciate the quick response of Seneca Niagara security and particularly the professional actions of the Niagara Falls Police Department. My family and I are also thankful for the support we have received from the community and the compassionate apology from Seneca Nation of Indians President Robert Odawi Porter.

"This isolated incident by a few people must not detract from what was a successful event that raised funds to support diabetes education outreach, prevention awareness and research to improve the lives of Seneca Nation members and non-Native Americans affected by diabetes."

- State Sen. Mark Grisanti, 60th District.

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