2004-02-06 / Community

Anger Management For Breezy Woman

By Brian Magoolaghan
Anger Management For Breezy Woman By Brian Magoolaghan

The most serious charges against the Breezy Point woman who made headlines last summer after a pair of nasty run-ins with a Hispanic girl and her mother have been dismissed in a plea announced last week.

Donna Harding pled guilty to disorderly conduct, and was ordered to undergo anger management training before February 26, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office.

The 41-year-old budget analyst could face a 15-day jail sentence if she fails to comply – but the plea means she will not be tried on the original charges: Third degree assault as a hate crime, aggravated harassment, endangering the welfare of a child and other charges.

Raphael F. Scotto, Harding’s attorney, told The Wave this week that the charges that made his client look like a poster girl for intolerance didn’t stick because they were unfounded.

Harding, who was first accused of making disparaging remarks about blacks and Hispanics "acknowledged that she argued loudly in a public place with others and created a risk of disturbance," Brown said.

The July 26 incident began with an argument over a bathroom stall at the Sugar Bowl – and then continued several hours later when Harding, Denise Streigold and her 12-year-old daughter clashed again about a block away, according to police.

Streigold could not be reached for comment.


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