In 2010, Jesse McCaskill, submitted a proposal to the Paterson City Council to adopt The Citizens Campaign Best Price Insurance model law. Jesse highlighted how this evidence-based best practice had already saved millions of tax dollars in the Cherry Hill and Toms River school districts by simply requiring a more rigorous competitive process for obtaining health benefits and eliminating any conflicts of interest. The City Council & Mayor embraced his proposal, making Paterson the first city to adopt the Best Price Insurance Law.

Since the law's adoption, our very own award-winning Paterson Press has been on the front lines holding City officials accountable. It was reported that the City saved $2 million this year on health benefits, and the State Department of Community Affairs credited the ordinance we developed for this savings. 

This major victory for the people of Paterson would not have been possible if it were not for the outstanding city coverage by Paterson Press. It's no wonder the NJ Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists have just selected Paterson Press as the 1st place winner for Investigative Reporting. Kudos to its editor, Joe Malinconico, who has made Paterson Press a model for quality online journalism.

Interested in getting involved with our work in Paterson? Contact Heather Taylor atheather@thecitizenscampaign.org.