Hector Muniz on trial in Old Bridge tonight

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PERTH AMBOY — A former school secretary accused of selling an alcoholic drink on school grounds, whose case has been been put off for more than a year, is on trial tonight in Old Bridge Municipal Court.

Hector Muniz, 23, of Perth Amboy, a former secretary at the Dr. Herbert N. Richardson 21st Century Elementary School, was issued a police summons last summer for bringing, possessing and selling alcoholic beverages on school property without the written permission of the Perth Amboy Board of Education.

Coquito, an eggnog-like alcoholic beverage made with egg yolks, rum, and coconut juice, is traditionally served in Puerto Rico during the Christmas holidays.

Perth Amboy School Superintendent Janine Caffrey is among those under subpoena, along with former Richardson School Principal Alvaro Cores and whistle-blower Susan Nieves.

Caffrey was placed on administrative leave for the last two years of her contract in part because she failed to take action when Cores allowed Muniz to sell the alcoholic beverage on Board of Education property.

Nieves, another Richardson School secretary when the alleged sales took place, filed a whistle-blower lawsuit against the district, Caffrey, Cores and others after she reported the coquito sales and was reprimanded, suspended and transferred to another school.


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