NYS Senator Mark Grisanti To Press Charges

February 19, 2012 Updated Feb 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM EDT

By WKBW News


NYS Senator Mark Grisanti To Press Charges

February 19, 2012 Updated Feb 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( WKBW / release ) A week after a late night incident at the Seneca Niagara Casino involving New York State Senator Mark Grisanti, his wife Maria, and alleged attackers who got into a fight, the Grisanti's have decided to press charges.

In a statement obtained by Eyewitness News, Grisanti explains his position:

"My wife Maria and I continue to stand by our account on what happened the night of Friday, February 10 at the Seneca Niagara Casino. We have provided a full description of the activities that took place to the Niagara Falls Police Department to assist them in their ongoing investigation.

I have said numerous times, that I do not hold the Seneca Nation, Seneca President, or the Seneca Tribal Council responsible for this isolated and unfortunate event. We deeply regret the fallout that has ensued following this unfortunate turn of events against the Seneca Nation and its people. I have always had a strong relationship with the Seneca Nation.

I was always taught; when you make a mistake or do something wrong apologies are in order. However, we will not apologize for the vicious attack that took place against my wife Maria. We did not do anything wrong. All of my actions were instinctive to protect my wife, and are what any other man would have done under these circumstances. As far as I'm concerned the incident was not over until my wife was safely in my arms.

Additionally, we would also like to let the public know that our family has made a decision to press charges against Maria's attackers. It is time to let the law enforcement and judicial systems do its job.

We have always been trying to achieve full transparency. We have no problem and we encourage the Seneca Niagara Casino to release the tapes."

Eyewitness News will continue to follow this story.