Debate continues after Troy votes 'yes' to Sanctuary City designation

July 12, 2019 05:39 PM

With a vote of 4 to 3, the Troy City Council approved the passage of Resolution 113, also known as the Families and Communities Together Act.

Also known as FACT, the measure will make Troy a designated Sanctuary City. At a public hearing before the vote on Thursday, more than 100 people came out to listen and share their varying opinions on the resolution. At one point, Council President and Republican Carmella Mantello attempted to block it by challenging its legality.


Mantello claims she the Council Rules of Order state the measure needed to be tabled or voted back in December. Council members shot those claims down.

"Council president Mantello is trying to muddy the waters on this issue," said Anasha Cummings, a Democrat who sits on the Council.

However, Friday morning, Mantello took to putting her claims in an open letter to the council and other city leaders, saying as president she has authority to declare the resolution a nullity without effect in law or fact.

Cummings is quick to say her letter has no merit.

"The procedure is pretty clear that when there is a question of order, it's up to the council as a whole to decide that question of order. The resolution passed [Thursday] night 4 to 3," said Cummings.

Mayor Patrick Madden could now veto the move altogether. In a memo to council members dated July 2, Madden addressed his concerns with the resolution saying he is opposed to designating Troy a Sanctuary City.

Madden wrote: "To suggest that Troy can offer an individual sanctuary from immigration enforcement creates a false sense of security."

County Executive Steve McLaughlin has also put his concerns in writing. In a two-page letter obtained by NewsChannel 13, McLaughlin demands Madden veto the resolution.

NewsChannel 13 spoke with the mayor's office on Friday. A spokesperson said they haven't received the legislation yet and could not comment at this time.


Jacquie Slater

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