City politics is a combative sport. Democratic Town Committee member Tony Barr, a passionate supporter of State Senator Marilyn Moore for mayor, is a candidate for City Council in the Upper East Side 138th District.
He claims, in this video, although he shows no specific evidence, that his September 10 Democratic primary opponent Maria Pereira is playing around with absentee ballots, something she vehemently rejects. From Barr’s Facebook page:
I caught Maria Pereira. I have never done anything to this woman. She’s tried to have me arrested numerous times. She’s tried to have me barred from attending BOE hearings. Had me in court trying to have a restraining order against me. For not agreeing with our kids having to walk an extra half mile added to the distance already dangerous for them. She’s call me a drug addict and a alcoholic. She’s attacked many African Americans every opportunity she get. Had friends of her go to someone home with a cake to secretly record his privacy. She doesn’t respect people of color. Had Senator Dennis Bradley and myself investigated by the SEEC for absolutely nothing. It’s call karma!
Barr and Pereira have gone at it pretty good over the past few years including dueling restraining orders that were tossed by Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis.
In the video above Barr in his car confronts Pereira who’s not bashful about what she thinks of her opponent who has become active in city politics since doing a 20-year federal bid for drug gang activity. In 2016 he entered a guilty plea for threatening to blow Mayor Joe Ganim’s “head off.”
And now, for something slightly more elegant, we bring you professional ballroom dancers performing at Augustana Homes for senior residents, courtesy of Pereira. All sorts of ways to campaign. Do a little dance, get down tonight!