Friday, June 1, 2012
Don't mess with Danny Dromm!
From the Times Ledger:
City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) said Thursday a truck driver assaulted him and stole his iPhone after the councilman took pictures of the man’s double-parked tractor trailer adjacent to the Trade Fair on 37th Avenue and 75th Street.
John Muriel has been charged with assault, petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and harassment as a result of the incident, Dromm told a news conference. The Queens district attorney confirmed that he had been arrested.
“I’m not going to have it,” Dromm said, “and I’m not afraid of these guys.”
The councilman said the altercation occurred Wednesday at around 12:20 p.m., after he returned from a City Council hearing. He had parked at the southwest corner of 37th Avenue and 75th Street and saw a large tractor trailer double-parked on 75th Street on the north side of 37th Avenue next to the Trade Fair. Dromm, who said he has been trying to stem the preponderance of double-parking trucks in the congested neighborhood, took out his cell phone and began to take pictures from the northwest corner of the intersection.
Ed Faico, a buyer for Trade Fair, said in defense of Muriel that the spot where he parked had once been a loading zone.
“If we had the loading zone here, this wouldn’t have occurred,” Faico said.
Dromm said when Muriel saw him, he yelled at him multiple times not to take his picture. When Muriel tried to get the phone, Dromm held it above his head. Muriel then pulled the phone out of Dromm’s hand, smacking him in the jaw and neck in the process, then pushed Dromm hard in the chest, the councilman said.