A state court judge on Thursday granted Board of Education member Maria Pereira’s request for a protective order following last week’s misdemeanor arrest of Angel Figueroa whom Pereira ran with on a successful Democratic Town Committee slate in the Upper East Side in March. Last week, according to a court docket, Figueroa was charged by city police with misdemeanor counts of threatening, disorderly conduct and harassment following a series of text and voice messages, comments posted on OIB and a visit to Pereira’s house that he video recorded and posted on his Facebook page.
Figueroa confirmed that a judge ordered that he cannot contact Pereira or go to her residence, but insisted Pereira responded with a police complaint over a series of disputes they had last week. Some of this played out in heated comments Figueroa posted on OIB last week.
Pereira and Figueroa both appeared in Superior Court on Main Street Thursday afternoon in response to a protective order request Pereira had filed against Figueroa.
“He needs help,” Pereira told OIB after the court hearing. “I just want him to receive the help he needs.”
Pereira is challenging incumbent State House member Charlie Stallworth in an August primary. Figueroa had supported her until the falling out. He has now pledged his support to Stallworth.
In a March primary, Pereira and Figueroa joined seven other insurgents to win all nine seats in the 138th Democratic Town Committee District against a slate led by the political establishment supported by Town Chair Mario Testa and Mayor Joe Ganim. Town committee members conduct party business and endorse candidates for public office. At the March selection for a town chair, Figueroa placed his name as a protest vote against Testa, but was defeated overwhelmingly.
Pereira and Figueroa are both strong-willed personalities who enjoyed a short-lived alliance.