Board of Education member Maria Pereira is expected to be charged with a misdemeanor breach of peace involving a confrontation with a member of the school system’s administrative staff, according to a police spokesman.
Terron Jones, the spokesman, issued this statement on Saturday: “Yesterday, an arrest warrant for Maria Pereira was issued according to the BPD, charging her with Breach of Peace in an incident last week involving a member of the BOE administrative staff.”
No other details were provided. Sources say the administrative staff member is Assistant Superintendent of Schools Christina Otuwa.
In an unusual move, members of the City Council were also advised of the news via text. How often are they notified of an arrest warrant before it is served upon the party?
It’s unclear if Pereira will be called in for processing as a courtesy. She is scheduled to speak before the City Council Monday night according to the agenda.
Pereira is a lightning rod in city politics who’s taken many antithetical positions against the political establishment. She’s been a fierce critic of police leadership and Joe Ganim’s mayoral administration in the OIB comments section. She supported Ganim for mayor in 2015 but had a falling-out with him shortly after his election.
Last September she was charged with misdemeanor offenses involving a confrontation with police at Success Village during a meeting to decide board leadership governing the housing complex. She is contesting the charges in court and has refused to settle the matter even for a small fine.
Pereira, in response to news of the pending warrant, wrote this on her Facebook page:
Corrupt Mayor Ganim, the corrupt Democratic Town Committee and Chief Perez and his keystone police officers think they can break me.
They can’t and won’t.
Pereira is up for reelection this year. She has not announced if she will seek another four-year term. She recently left the Democratic Party to enroll unaffiliated.
Pereira’s critics maintain she’s an enemy collector who burns through political relationships over the smallest of issues. She contends she’s a principled person who keeps politicians’ feet to the fire regarding their word.
So this political battle will rage on between Pereira and the establishment.