New York (CBSNewYork) — A newspaper publisher whose wife died two days earlier admitted to slapping two people, including a state lawmaker, Monday during a campaign event for mayoral candidate Christine Quinn at the site of the shuttered St. Vincent’s Hospital.
WestView News publisher George Capsis said he struck state Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) and one of Quinn’s interns. Capsis said in published reports that his wife died of lung cancer Saturday, and because the hospital was closed in 2010, he had to travel an hour and a half to a hospital in the Bronx to visit her during her final days.
“If this hospital had existed, I could have walked two blocks and spent time with her in the last hours of her life,” Capsis said after the incident. He was issued a violation for harassment but was not arrested, police said.