PATERSON, NJ - The City Council voted 6-2 to require a competitive bidding process for all insurance contracts and to require insurance brokers to work exclusively for the city, according to a report on Northjersey.com.

The ordinance was based on a model law recommended by The Citizens Campaign, a group that trains residents to get things done in their government, according to the story.

The law's co-sponsors, Councilmen Julio Tavarez and Andre Sayegh, said the ordinance would eliminate a conflict of interest.  But Councilman William McKoy, one of the dissenting votes, said the requirement for  brokers to work exclusively for the city could backfire and put the city in a "unique minority position."

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Paterson is the first municipal government in New Jersey to adopt such an ordinance, according to the story.

(Editor’s Note: The Citizens Campaign is the founder of PatersonPress.com in a joint venture with The AlternativePress.com.)