Aspiring politico Maria Danzilo, who most recently lost a bid to represent District 47 in the New York State Senate race in November 2022, had a harrowing Wednesday afternoon while strolling the streets with her pooch.
The Upper West Sider and former Democratic candidate took to Twitter to recount the alleged mid-week mayhem, stating, “I am shaken to the core. Today I was sucker punched in Central Park around 81st St. west side entrance at 2:25 PM while walking my dog. A man punched me hard, hitting my upper arm. I think he was aiming for my face but I moved away at last second.”
Danzilo – who in June 2021 reported being the victim of a cyber attack and also seeing a naked man walking around the UWS – praised NYPD officers from the Central Park Precinct for their swift service, which allowed her to return home and seek solace from an ice pack.
The native New Yorker — who received her law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1981 — also lamented the “once safe” neighborhood’s “terrifying” conditions and pleaded with New York City Mayor and party fixture Eric Adams to “put his money where his mouth is and live up to his promise of delivering real public safety.”
The subject of safety has been a paramount part of Danzilo’s previous campaigns, and she’s currently protesting the Safe Haven shelter, set to arrive at 106-108 West 83rd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue. The “low-barrier transitional housing program” has been a subject of controversy as of late, but many — including Gale Brewer, who defeated Danzilo in the City Council election in November 2021 — approve, despite its proximity to a local school.
“It’s ironic that this happened to me at a time when I am fighting to stop an unsafe shelter from opening at PS 9 schoolyard for 108 men with mental illness and chemical addictions and no screening or curfews,” she wrote. “But maybe today is a sign that we are on the right track.”
This is horrifying. My old neighborhood and park entrance as well and it was always very safe – you never had to worry about being attacked there! Esp in the middle of the day. Ugh. Glad you’re ok.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) March 30, 2023