The Honorable Mayor Tony Vauss
During his tenure as mayor, Mayor Vauss has opened a new chapter for Irvington by maintaining his promises to make the Township safe and clean. Violent crime has been reduced by 80% with only four homicides occurring in 2016, which is the lowest number of homicides in the Township in four decades; $4 million in additional revenue has been generated; 35 illegal guns have been seized; more than 60 vacant and abandoned homes have been demolished; and 54 streets have been paved and improved. He continues to lead Irvington’s residents and business owners with his motto, “One Team, One Dream” to encourage everyone to understand that together, we are all responsible for our community’s condition.
Within his first year as Mayor, he hired more police officers and firefighters, including the first non-veteran Latina; instituted the Community Service Officers Program; required the installation of cameras in stores and multiple unit dwellings in the Township; demolished abandoned, dilapidated properties; required that abandoned properties be cleaned up and liens placed upon them; improved the Township’s streets by filling potholes and installing speed bumps; created a summer crime plan; painted and gave new furniture to the Senior Citizens’ Center; purchased a street sweeper; and improved the appearance of Town Hall by fixing the roof, painting and ensuring it was thoroughly cleaned. Mayor Vauss was able to accomplish all of these feats without raising taxes.
Mayor Vauss is a lifelong Irvington resident and a 25 year Township employee. His desire to become a public servant began at a young age. Since the age of 15, he was a campaign volunteer. Years before becoming mayor, he founded the Tony Vauss Civic Association in order to meet the needs of Irvington’s youth and seniors. In fact, throughout the years, he has taken seniors to dinner and sponsored Senior Casino Night with his own funds.
Further, Mayor Vauss previously worked as the Assistant Director of the Township’s Housing Department, the President of the Irvington Board of Education and a Commissioner for the Irvington Housing Authority. Each position has given Mayor Vauss the opportunity to not only understand municipal government, but to also understand the demands and needs of Irvington’s residents.
Mayor Vauss continues to work tirelessly to bring his hometown back to its former glory. He attends almost every council meeting and public hearing with the desire to remain abreast on events occurring within the Township. Moreover, at council meetings and public hearings, Mayor Vauss frequently engages Irvington’s residence directly by addressing their concerns and galvanizing them to become involved in their local government.
Through his progressive leadership, Mayor Vauss has forged collaborative relationships with the County of Essex, the State of New Jersey, and with mayors of neighboring municipalities including, East Orange, West Orange, Hillside and Newark.
He has also accumulated an impressive collection of acknowledgments and awards for his work as the leader of the Township of Irvington including:
- Letter of Thank You from Florence Avenue National Elementary Honor Society, May 31, 2016
- Community Service Award from The Ninja University Irvington Community Association, May 27, 2016
- Certificate of Recognition from the Muslim League of Voters of New Jersey, November 21, 2015
- Elected Citizen of the Year from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., November 7, 2015
- Proclamation from the City of East Orange, October 2015
- Letter of Recognition from United States Senator Corey Booker, July 13, 2015
- Letter of Recognition from United States Congressman Donald Payne, July 13, 2015
- Recognition Award from Irvington Housing Authority, July 13, 2015
- Leadership Award from the Irvington Police Department, July 13, 2015
- Plaque of Appreciation from Irvington Public Schools, July 13, 2015
- Resolution of Recognition from the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, July 8, 2015
- Plaque of Appreciation from Irvington Fire Department, May 2015
- 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award from Irvington Board of Education, January 18, 2014
- Plaque of Admiration for “Soaring Above the Rest,” May 2014
- Acknowledgement Award for School Boards Month in New Jersey from the Irvington Board of Education, January 17, 2007
- 4 Joint Legislative Resolution of Recognition from the State of New Jersey Senate and General Assembly
- Ambassador for Peace Award from the Universal Peace Federation
- Plaque of Appreciation and Acknowledgement from Irvington Fire Department
- Mayor Tony Vauss has a bachelors degree in business administration from Pillar College in Newark New Jersey. Mayor Tony Vauss is currently seeking his masters degree from Metropolitan College of New York.
- Citation Award from the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. Delta Pi Chapter, October 28, 2017
- Recognition Award from Irvington Police Operations Bureau Commanders, October 12, 2017
- Appreciation Award from Christian Love Baptist Church, July 8, 2017
- Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from the Essex County Surrogate Theodore N. Stephens, II, June 17, 2017
- Father’s Day Award from Friends of Theodore N. Stephens, II, June 17, 2017
- Resolution of Recognition from the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, June 17, 2017
- Lifetime Achievement Award from Project Re-Direct Youth & Family Services, June 9, 2017
- Resolution from the Newark Municipal City Council, June 4, 2017
- Award of Merit from the Essex-West Hudson Labor Council, AFL-CIO, June 4, 2017
- Assembly Resolution of Recognition from the New Jersey Assembly
- Resolution of Recognition from the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, June 4, 2017
- President’s Award from Pillar College, May 18, 2017
- EBNJ Fundraising Committee Award of Recognition, April 1, 2017
- Democracy and Housing Award from the New Jersey Chapters of National Association of Real Estate Brokers, March 31, 2017
- 2017 African American History Month Resolution from the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, February 22, 2017
- Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, African-American History Month, February 22, 2017
- Essex County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award from the United States Senate, February 15, 2017
- Essex County Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award, February 15, 2017
- New Jersey Senate and General Assembly Citation, January 26, 2017
- Citizen of the Year Award from Pillar College, January 26, 2017
- 2017 Certificate of Membership, New Jersey Conference of Mayors
- Plaque of Acknowledgment from the Irvington Fire Department Recruits, 2016
- Plaque of Appreciation from the Guyana 50th Official Independence Anniversary Flag Raising Committee, June 9, 2016