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Troy Council President introduces local law prohibiting sanctuary city status

June 11, 2019 09:18 AM

TROY - "This has completely divided our city, I've never seen a piece of legislation where people are so passionate," Carmella Mantello said, Troy City Council President.

Seven months ago, Troy residents turned out to speak passionately in favor of and against a resolution proposed by Public Safety Committee Chair David Bissember, to make Troy a sanctuary city.

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Since then, Mantello says Bissember, council member Anasha Cummings and Mayor Patrick Madden have been working on the language of the resolution, something the council president doesn't feel is fair or transparent.

"It's three men in a room, there you go, we have in Troy, three men in a room," Mantello said.

The Mayor remains opposed to sanctuary status but continues to advocate for further dialogue according to spokesman John Salka.

Monday, Mantello and council memeber Jim Gulli announced introduction of local law prohibiting the designation and because it diminishes the power of the council and mayor, she says the decision must be made by voters come November.

"It needs to be addressed at the federal level. Are things not perfect? Absolutely not, but we aren't going to address them by making our city sanctuary city," Mantello said.

Bissember, who was out meeting with voters messaged me, "when residents are made to feel afraid by the policies and rhetoric at the county level, they are less likely to engage with city employees or report crimes when they occur in our neighborhoods, and that makes all of us less safe."

The next regular meeting is July 11th at 7:00pm.

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