Troy resumes Sanctuary City discussions

July 16, 2019 11:24 PM

Residents in Troy continue to discuss whether or not they want to become a Sanctuary City. The first of three public hearings was held Tuesday night on a local law that would prohibit Troy from ever becoming a Sanctuary City.

“To just say, put it on the ballot do we want to be a sanctuary city or not it doesn’t pass the law,” said City Council President Carmella Mantello explaining why the referendum is worded the way it is. She is the one who introduced the local law.


"Despite the veto of the Sanctuary City legislation, the opportunity still exists to re-introduce the legislation at any time," said Mantello. "This local law by referendum will permanently stop Troy from being designated a Sanctuary City," she added.  

Tuesday night’s public hearing was held at the Lansingburgh Veterans Club. The majority of people at the meeting spoke in favor of the referendum. However a few people opposed it because they would like to see the legislation brought up again.

Noticeably missing from the meeting was four council members. Besides Mantello, only Councilman Jim Gulli and Councilwoman Debra Garrett showed up.

“Are they cowards because they don’t want to come to the burg, I don’t know,” said Mantello. “I can’t speak on their behalf, but we’re public servants for the people of Troy.”

Both Councilman Anasha Cummings and Councilman David Bissember said Mantello failed to provide the five day notice required by Home Rule Law and many council members had commitments. That included attending the meet and greet the city was hosting with the new developers of Monument Square.

The Troy City Council is scheduled to vote on Aug. 1. On the local law. If the council passes the local law, a referendum allowing the voters to decide will take place in November.


WNYT staff

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