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Troy City Council votes no on latest Sanctuary City measure

August 01, 2019 10:46 PM

With a vote of 5 to 2 the Troy City Council shot down a proposed law that would have prohibited the mayor and city council members from ever reintroducing legislation that would make Troy a Sanctuary City.  

The council voted in favor of a bill that would have made Troy a Sanctuary City back on July 11th. Then, the mayor vetoed it two days later.

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The veto didn't satisfy Council President Carmella Mantello, the sponsor of the proposed law. She wants to take the issue one step further and prohibit the city from becoming a Sanctuary City. Council members in favor of it call this latest move by Mantello political and extreme.

It was a vote of 4-3 by the council back in July 11 that moved legislation that would have designated Troy a Sanctuary City forward.

The mayor vetoed it just two days later citing concerns about language and misleading people into thinking the city has absolute power to protect them from immigration officials.

If her proposed law passed the council Thursday night, the public would have had the chance to vote on it in November.

Three public hearings were held to discuss Mantello's latest proposal. The first two were held in neighborhoods and had very good turnout with many people still clearly divided on the issue. Nobody showed up for the final hearing held at City Hall.

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