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Vincent Viola, Secretary of the Army nominee facing questions over Saratoga Springs incident

January 19, 2017 05:55 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Vincent Viola is president-elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of the Army.

He's worth $1.8 billion, according to Forbes.

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He's a graduate of West Point, a former Army Ranger, a lawyer and the owner of the NHL's Florida Panthers.

Viola also owns racehorses, which often brings him to Saratoga Springs.

When he was here in August, at the Fasig-Tipton horse sales, Viola got into a bit of a skirmish.

Police were summoned.

Police didn't make arrests but they did fill out an incident report of what happened.

It says Viola got into a confrontation with an employee of Mazzone catering after the employee pushed Viola's wife.

The way the report describes it, Viola's wife says she was pushed while trying to get some water for a woman who fainted.

When Mrs. Viola pointed the employee out to her husband, the "two subjects engaged in a verbal dispute" and according to the officer, the "argument escalated with Viola punching him just prior to my arrival."

The catering company employee, who is not identified by name in the police report, "sustained a swollen, bloody lip."

Viola recently bought a house on North Broadway for $2.5 million. NewsChannel 13 went there looking for comment Thursday. No one was around.

Viola graduated from West Point in 1977. He retired as a Major in the Army before going to work at the New York Mercantile Exchange, which is where he made his fortune.

The Secretary of the Army is the civilian leader of the Army and oversees its budget and soldiers.

Viola's confirmation hearing has not been scheduled.

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