David Lyons remembered at funeral

IRVINGTON, NJ — The funeral for former Irvington Municipal Council President and North Ward Councilman David Lyons took place at Christian Pentecostal Church on Clinton Avenue on Monday, Aug. 19. According to Lyons’ wife, Charmin, he died from complications due to a heart-valve procedure in Beth Israel Hospital on Sunday, Aug. 11. Many came to […]

Police leaders chime in about comments on ‘Force Report’

IRVINGTON, NJ — On Friday, Jan. 25, acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II issued a public response to the recent “Force Report,” published by NJ Advance Media, which details the results of the media outlet’s five-year study on the use of force by New Jersey police. Stephens said his office has been “carefully reviewing” […]

Many turn out to praise memory of Lebby C. Jones

Many turn out to praise memory of Lebby C. Jones

NEWARK, NJ — The funeral service for Essex County Freeholder Lebby C. Jones at Franklin-St. John’s United Methodist Church in Newark on Thursday, Jan. 17, was attended by a host of local officials, including: Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, East Orange and Essex County Democratic committees Chairman Leroy Jones, Essex County […]

Police captain suing town to recoup back pay she is owed

IRVINGTON, NJ — According to Irvington Police Division Capt. Monique Smith’s lawyer, Steve Altman, of the Benedict & Altman law firm in New Brunswick, the Irvington Public Safety Department and the township have still not given Smith the back pay she was due when she returned to work a year ago. Smith was cleared by […]

Police captain cleared of all criminal charges, back to work

IRVINGTON, NJ — Wednesday, Sept. 6, was the first day back on the job for Irvington Police Division Capt. Monique Smith, after she was cleared of all criminal charges related to an off-duty incident involving Newark Councilman John Sharpe James in 2014, son of the former Newark mayor. According to Smith’s attorney, Steven Altman, on […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chase says he’s still owed one more paycheck

IRVINGTON, NJ — Former police Chief Michael Chase said this week he still has not received the last paycheck owed to him by the township, according to the state Civil Service Commission. Chase’s base salary was $6,558.28 every two weeks, before taxes. But he maintains he never received any of that money after Irvington Public […]