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STATE SENATOR APOLOGIZES TO WOMAN FOR ROAD RAGE

A Long Island woman has accused State Sen. James J. Lack of "one of the worst incidences of road rage I have ever witnessed," and is not happy with his apology.

The woman, Lore von Hoffen, said the June 1 incident began when an irate motorist jumped out of his car after a traffic dispute, yelled at her as he yanked on her door handle and slammed a badge against her window. He then followed her for a mile to her home, ran down her driveway, ducked under her closing garage door and continued to yell at her, she said. Only later did she learn that the angry motorist was her own senator: James Lack (R-Hauppauge).

Lack, a state senator for 22 years who is expected to be nominated for a state Supreme Court judgeship, hand-delivered a letter of apology to von Hoffen Thursday evening. She had demanded an apology after filing a police report on June 1. She did not press charges.

Earlier Thursday, Lack's chief of staff, Philip Ingerman, accused von Hoffen of being the one with road rage. He said Lack became "outraged" when von Hoffen crossed a double yellow line in a school zone. "The road rage was hers," Ingerman told Newsday.

In the letter of apology, marked "personal and unofficial," Lack said he was "sorry" that he had "scared" her, Newsday said in its Friday editions.

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