Paterson, NJ Implements New Pay-To-Play Ordinance - State and Federal Communications

March 23, 2011  •  

Paterson, NJ Implements New Pay-To-Play Ordinance

The City of Paterson has implemented a new pay-to-play ordinance which enhances the rules concerning contribution limits for entities doing business with the city. Ordinance 11-006 includes an absolute ban on contributions between the time of first communication regarding a specific agreement and the termination of negotiations, the rejection of a proposal, or the completion of a contract. The ordinance also outlines specific contribution limits, in the 12 months prior to a contract, to mayoral and governing body candidates and their committees, joint candidate committees, Passiac County political committees, and PACs.

In order to receive financial aid from the state, the City of Paterson’s passage of the legislation was required by an earlier agreement with the New Jersey Transitional Aid to Localities program, the state’s financial aid program for local municipalities and counties.

Map of Paterson in southern Passaic County, New Jersey by JimIrwin on Wikipedia.

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