Mayor thanks Hoboken activist for Citizens Campaign “Best Price Insurance Contracting” model

City of Hoboken announces:

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced her support for the Citizens Campaign “Best Price Insurance Contracting” model to increase competition and transparency. In March of 2011, Business Administrator Arch Liston met with the Hudson County Chair of the Citizens Campaign, John Branciforte. Based on Mr. Branciforte’s input, the Request For Proposals for insurance broker specified that the service should be bid out at a flat rate, rather than by commission. As a result, the City received bids that were for tens of thousands of dollars less than in previous years.
“We have seen first-hand that this model works and can save taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars,” said Mayor Zimmer. “I thank John Branciforte for bringing this initiative to our attention and Councilwoman Mason for introducing legislation to make it law. Our legal counsel has provided feedback to ensure that the legislation conforms to our form of government, and I strongly support making it law.”
The City is in the process of rebidding the insurance broker contract, as explained in a memo to the Council posted on the City’s web site. 
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