MANHATTAN — The newly instated president of the New York Public Library said he regretted the embarrasmment he caused his family and the library after being arrested for driving drunk in Harlem on Sunday afternoon.
Dr. Anthony Marx, 52, issued a contrite statement on Monday about the incident.
He was arrested at 4:45 p.m. Sunday after driving a 2009 Audi A4, which is registered to the library, into a parked car on East 138th Street, between Madison and Fifth avenues, according to reports.
Marx was charged with aggravated DWI after he allegedly tested .19 on a blood alcohol test.
New York State’s legal limit is .08.
He was released without bail after appearing in court on Monday, according to reports.
Library officials did not comment on disciplinary actions it might take against Marx moving forward, but released a statement from Marx.
“My focus now is on moving forward and assuring that this incident does not detract from the important work and goals shared by all my colleagues," he said.
Marx took the reins at NYPL in July, replacing Dr. Paul LeClerc, who had served as the organizations head for more than 17 years.
Marx, an Inwood native, now lives in Morningside Heights with his two children and wife, Columbia professor Karen Barkey.