East Ward Council Member

Michael J. Silva

Councilman, East Ward

Aide: Fernanda Santana, Chief of Staff, santanaf@ci.newark.nj.us




June 9, 1968 (53 years old) at St. Michaels Hospital, Newark, NJ


Immigrated from Murtosa ,Portugal 1946 became naturalized US Citizens

Alfredo Silva Jr Dad worked for Local 472 for 20 years (passed 2009)

Maria V Silva Mon worked for Western Electric for 31 years (passed 2021)

One Brother Al Silva, 64 Real Estate Broker

One Son AIDEN Silva , 14 YEARS OLD (amicable shared custody)

Childhood Split Summers between Portugal and Jersey Shore

Played Little League Baseball, youth Soccer, Boy Scouts

President Youth Group Our Lady of Fatima Church


Attended St. Casmir’s Grammar School- graduated 1982

Attended St. Benedicts Prep High School- graduated 1986

Union County College- associates degree

NJCU -130 credits in criminal justice


Graduated Police Academy Class of 1995

Essex County Sheriff Officer 1994-1996

Newark Police Department 1996-2021 25 years, 18 as Community Service Detective

  • Attended Hundreds of community meetings
  • Participated in multiple quality of life initiatives involving sanitation/community/river clean ups, crime prevention, police/community relations, public housing, homelessness, health care awareness, mental health, recreation, arts, education, small business development, general quality of life as well as countless toy, clothing, and food drives.
  • Received several awards from social, cultural, athletic , business, and religious organizations.


  • Roman Catholic, attends Mass Daily
  • Cancer Survivor
  • Health Conscious – exercises daily, avoids fried or fatty foods
  • Active with Tunnel to Towers Foundation that supports families of 9/11 first responders
  • Active with Susan B Komen, Race for a Cure
  • Mt. Carmel Holy Name Society
  • A Sports Fanatic-Regularly attends Ny Yankees, Ny Rangers, Dallas Cowboys games with his “best buddy”- son Aiden
  • Member Portuguese American Police Association
  • Former Board Member/Volunteer Ironbound Community Corporation
  • Former Board Member Ironbound Business Improvement District
  • St Benedict’s Prep Safety Security Committee
  • American Cancer Society