Troy mayor under fire over lingering vacancy

There’s already trouble surrounding Troy’s newly elected mayor, Carmella Mantello.

Mantello notified Troy City Council members an emergency declaration was issued in relation to the administration’s inability to effectively oversee the city’s $100 million budget.

This is due to a lingering vacancy at the city comptroller position.

“This is deeply concerning and raises serious questions about why the administration waited a month before taking action to address this critical vacancy,” City Council President Sue Steele said in a statement.

The council said they will meet in a special session to approve hiring professional accounting services.

NewsChannel 13 reached out to Mantello’s office. Troy Communications Director Chris Watson released the following statement:

“The Comptroller resigned only a couple days before Mayor Mantello took office. The way the administration managed the resignation, is consistent with past practices. The Council Minority is just playing politics.”