Despite city lawmakers passing the FACT Act Thursday night, Troy Mayor Patrick Madden vetoed the measure Friday evening.
"Numerous discussions with me and my staff, including the Police Chiefs and the Corporation Counsel, brought us to a closer understanding and aided the City in clarifying its current practices," read a message from Madden.
"Nonetheless differences remained in the phrasing of the Resolution that I cannot ascribe my name to in my capacity as Mayor."
Council President Carmella Mantello sent Spectrum News a statement on Friday. It reads: "I think the Mayor did the right thing. The legislation the Council acted upon last night was illegal and improper, and in violation of the council's own rules. It's unfortunate Mr. Bissember and his three colleagues chose to violate the very rules they had adopted."
The Families and Communities Together Act, previously known as the Sanctuary City Resolution, comes following months of debate in the Collar City. The vote passed 4-3 on Thursday night.
Democratic city council members said that rather than declaring Troy a sanctuary city, the updated proposal focused on protecting constitutional rights.
It would have codified city policy preventing city employees from asking about immigration status or helping ICE, unless dealing with criminal matters. This resolution was untabled and passed following hours long debatea Mantello claimed the bill was dead because it was tabled too long. She was overruled by other council members, as it went forward for a full vote.
Those in support of the bill say it would help make the community safe, with immigrants reporting crimes, but those against it say this is the federal government’s job, not the city of Troy’s.
Thursday night, Mantello introduced a law that would allow residents to vote on the FACT Act this November. She says that law will be voted on next month.