Mayoral hopeful Tim Occhipinti has resigned from his job with a New York-based asset management company to dedicate all of his energy to becoming the next mayor of Hoboken, his campaign announced Thursday.
The 4th Ward councilman's last day of employment with AllianceBernstein, where he has worked since 2004 as an application support analyst in the Equity Investment Management Technology department, will be Friday, according to a campaign statement.
"I am extremely committed to this election and I want the people of Hoboken to know that I am dedicated to them and will fight full-time for their point of view," Occhipinti said. "I am going to live the next few months on a very tight budget which is something every taxpayer understands too well and wishes City Hall did the same."
The councilman said he believed it was crucial to go "all in" for the people of Hoboken and his "One Hoboken" running mates, Frank Raia, Peter Biancamano and Britney Montgomery-Cook. The slate's stated mission is to unify the city and increase governmental accountability.
Occhipinti, who moved to Hoboken eight years ago and has served on the city council since November 2010, threw his hat into the mayoral ring with incumbent Mayor Dawn Zimmer and challenger Ruben Ramos earlier this month.