The former Seneca Falls Town Board member accused of assaulting another member in 2017 will have roughly 30 days to decide if he wants to accept a plea offer, or head to trial.
Tom Ruzicka, who lost his bid for re-election in November is accused of grabbing David DeLelys by the shirt, pulling it upwards, and yelling at him. The force of being pulled upward caused additional strain and injury to DeLelys’ neck, which had been subject to injury in the past.
It stemmed from a Town Board meeting where DeLelys suggested just hours prior that Ruzicka recuse himself from a vote on Local Law No. 2, which overturned Local Law No. 3. While the law passed, it was ultimately overturned by a court decision following the filing of an Article 78.
The physical altercation, which resulted in a harassment charge took place at a local bar in Seneca Falls. Other patrons had to intervene, according DeLelys’ account of the night.
Special Prosecutor David Mashewske added a third-degree assault charge to those levied against Ruzicka after seeing the extent of the injuries.
Waterloo Town Justice Christopher Folk, who is presiding over the case, heard comments from Ruzicka’s attorney on Friday.
Rome Canzano said during the session, “I have had extensive conversations with my client about this, but we are not yet prepared to resolve the case at this point.”
The case has already seen multiple delays, but Ruzicka remains free on his own recognizance.
If Ruzicka pleads guilty to the second-degree harassment charge he would be sentenced to a conditional discharge and community service, and ordered to pay about $480 in restitution.