When it comes to the sanctuary city debate, many residents in Troy have an opinion. But soon residents could have not only a voice, but also a vote on this issue.
On Tuesday night, a public hearing was held on a proposed local law that would prohibit the city council and the mayor from designating Troy a sanctuary city.
“It is not me deciding. It’s not the other six council members. It’s the people of Troy’s decision," said Council President Carmella Mantello, who introduced the local law that could head for a referendum.
According to the proposal, it would also prevent city lawmakers from establishing policies related to labeling Troy a sanctuary city.
Last week Mayor Patrick Madden vetoed the FACT Act, which had policies similar to the Sanctuary City status.
“There was still a difference between us," said Madden, regarding the FACT Act that was created by city council democrats. "None the less though we’re not a sanctuary city, we’re a very friendly welcoming community and we’re not here to hassle people.”
But some residents complained about the wording of this proposal, saying it’s confusing for some. However, Mantello says this is the only way the law allows the sanctuary debate to get to a referendum.
“To just put it on the ballot- do we want to be a sanctuary city or not- it doesn’t pass the mustard, the law,” Mantello said.
Following the third public hearing, the city council will vote on this local law. If passed, it will go on the ballot this November for voters to decide.
A second public hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday at Franklin Terrace. The final public hearing will be held before the August 1 city council meeting.