By Carol Tannenhauser
Maria Danzilo — who ran for New York State Senate last year on an anti-crime platform, gaining 27% of the vote against incumbent Senator Brad Hoylman-Sigal in the Democratic primary — was sucker punched in the arm by a stranger on Wednesday at around 2:25 pm, as she was exiting Central Park near West 81st Street.
“I was about 20 feet east of the Diana Ross playground heading west,” Danzilo told the Rag by text on Thursday. “The attacker was walking east toward me. I had a gut feeling a few seconds before he hit me that he might be dangerous and I must have raised my arm and turned slightly away, as he lunged toward me and punched me hard on my upper arm. I believe he was aiming for my face. I yelled at him as he walked away, something like “you can’t hit women.” When he turned around to look back at me l was nervous, so l didn’t say anything else. He had a vacant look on his face and walked away nonchalantly.”
Danzilo called 911. Police have confirmed that a woman was assaulted in Central Park where she described.
Danzilo suffered bruising to her arm, but refused medical attention, and by Thursday said, “I am physically ok but upset.”
She was in the Rag recently for leading a protest against the safe haven that is coming to West 83rd Street in April.