NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Dr. Dan Levy, the mayor of the Long Island village of Saddle Rock, was injured when he was assaulted during the village meeting on Wednesday.

WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall On The Story

Levy, who is also an eye surgeon, said his left shoulder and arm were broken during the attack and his head needed stitches.

Police charged 32-year-old Sasha Masri, a former candidate for village trustee who lost in a March election, with the attack.

Levy said he tried to defend himself.

“At one point I was just holding onto him to prevent him and he was hurling me like a volleyball,” Levy told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

Masri was charged with second- and third-degree assault, and possession of a dangerous weapon.

Police said he also had Suboxone, a narcotic pill, in his pocket.

Levy said the attack has dramatically hindered his life.

1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports

“I’m in excruciating pain. It hurts when I stand up. It hurts when I sit down. It hurts when I just move,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall. “Unfortunately, I had to cancel all patients. I cannot take care of patients right now. You need both hands to do surgery and you definitely need both hands to take care eyes.”

Levy does not get paid to be the mayor. It is a volunteer job.

“I do this to make the village better,” he said Friday.

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