Lyons to Smith: ‘If it’s true, go’

IRVINGTON – North Ward Councilman David Lyons, a likely 2010 mayoral candidate,has long been the nemesis of Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith, for whom Keith Reid at his trial today said he accepted a $5,000 bribe.

“Number one, if that’s true,” said Lyons, “Wayne needs to resign. He should do the honorable thing and resign.”

Last year, the U.S. Attorney’s Office indicted Reid and ten other officialsthroughout New Jersey for accepting bribes from representatives of Coastal Solutions, LLC., an FBI operation posing asan insurance brokerage business offering services to municipalities.The indictment accused Reid of accepting $10,000 bribes from a cooperating witness in exchange for his assurance that he would influence Newark City Council President Mildred Crump and other public officials in Newark and Irvington to help secure insurance brokerage contracts.

Reid said at his trial today that he accepted $5,000 for himself and $5,000 for Smith, who has not been charged.

Lyons to Smith: ‘If it’s true, go’