Troy City Council looking to fill vacant seat

February 08, 2019 09:20 AM

TROY – The first Troy City Council meeting was held Thursday night since the resignation of Councilman Mark McGrath.

McGrath resigned earlier in the week after an old voicemail surfaced where he made racist remarks.


“It’s unfortunate what happened and there was language that he used that was hurtful for a lot of members of our community, particularly the black community in the City of Troy,” said Councilman David Bissember (D).

Now the City Council is looking to move forward to fill the vacant District Two seat. A few Troy residents came forward Thursday night saying they don’t feel the council truly represents them.

“It hurts to live somewhere where every time you walk into a meeting or you walk into a room the people that represent me, none of them look like me,” said resident Anastasia Robertson.

Council President Carmella Mantello brought forward a resolution Thursday night that she said she thought would include everyone. She said to fill the vacant seat, she wanted to create a committee. It would include one democrat, one republican and five residents from District Two. Together they would put forward a candidate for the full council to vote on.

“They don't feel included,” said Mantello (R). “District two residents do not feel included in the process so my idea was very simply nonpolitical let's get five residents, let's be inclusive, let's be transparent."

However, the resolution did not go forward. Mantello said democrats will likely pick and interview candidates and she feels she won’t be included in that process.

Bissember said the majority just wants to fill the seat by how city charter is written, which is to have the full council vote on a candidate.

“Our charter is very clear in what to do in terms of vacancy, so we're following the charter,” said Bissember. “Ultimately we want to ensure we have a process that will attract candidates that will reflect the values of distinct two in the city of Troy and specifically were looking to ensure communities of color are part of that process.”

Bissember said they’re hoping to bring forward a candidate for a full council vote by the next meeting in March. Anyone interested in filling the District Two spot can send their resume and a letter explaining why they want to fill the seat to the Troy City Clerk.


Emily De Vito

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