Martinez-Brooks pleads guilty to wire fraud

NEWARK, NJ — According to published reports, Dianthe Martinez-Brooks, 42, of West Orange, the former aide to former Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith, pleaded guilty to one count of federal wire fraud on Monday, Jan. 29, before Judge Jose L. Linares in Newark. Martinez-Brooks, a Newark area political consultant also known as Dawn Martinez, admitted to […]

Mayor to take part in anti-Trump rally at Newark’s City Hall

NEWARK, NJ — The Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee’s 33rd annual Legacy of a Dream Commemorative Tribute to the Life and Work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. took place in the Irvington High School Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 13. During his remarks at the event, Mayor Tony Vauss announced he would be […]

Council finds Inman may have violated ethics laws

IRVINGTON, NJ — The Irvington Municipal Council voted 6-1 in favor of Resolution MC17-1227-58 at its Wednesday, Dec. 27 meeting, authorizing the governing body to take action against East Ward Councilman Paul Inman because of remarks he had allegedly made in taped conversations with former township employee Tamara Smith. Smith, who had secretly recorded the […]

NAACP president is critical of town’s budget deficits, furloughs

IRVINGTON, NJ — Irvington NAACP President Merrick Harris picked Labor Day to chime in about the township’s recent fiscal shortfalls that have led to a $3.25 million budget deficit in 2015, $2.4 million deficits in 2016 and 2017, and the 1.5-percent property tax increase in the $109,930,685.08 Calendar Year 2017 Municipal Budget. “Our problem with […]

Promised medical coverage still sought by firefighter’s wife

IRVINGTON, NJ — According to Vicki Martignetti, the wife of an Irvington firefighter, she reached out to Irvington Municipal Council President David Lyons for help in getting the township to honor its contractual obligations to employees by paying some outstanding medical bills, to no avail. In a recent Irvington Herald article, Lyons suggested Martignetti get […]

Firefighters fear persecution for not supporting furlough plan

IRVINGTON, NJ — In the midst of an ongoing Public Safety Department Internal Affairs investigation into the work histories and criminal backgrounds of all current Fire Division personnel, Vicki Martignetti sent an email on Thursday, Aug. 10, to the Irvington Herald, complaining about the township’s failure to fulfill its contractual obligation to pay the health […]

Council president admits township has $2.4M deficits for 2016 and 2017

IRVINGTON, NJ — Municipal Council President and North Ward Councilman David Lyons admitted on the record at the last council meeting in June that the township is facing a larger budget deficit than the $3.25 million for 2015 previously acknowledged by Mayor Tony Vauss and other municipal officials, prompting employee furloughs, layoffs and givebacks that went […]

Local Finance Board dismisses ethics complaints against council

IRVINGTON, NJ — The state Department of Community Affairs Local Finance Board recently cleared Irvington Municipal Council Vice President Renee Burgess and the other council members of any wrongdoing regarding an ethics complaint filed against them last year by Elouise McDaniel, president of the Irvington Joint Block Association and Nesbitt Terrace Block Association. The governing […]