Proposal to Declare Troy a Sanctuary City Discussed Tuesday Night

A big crowd is expected in Troy Tuesday evening for a meeting on a proposal to declare the city a sanctuary city.  

The resolution has sparked strong feelings on both sides. 

City Council President Carmella Mantello says she is firmly against it.

The sponsor of the resolution, Democrat David Bessember, says his sole intent is to ensure that no one seeking help from local government in Troy should have anything to fear. 

Bessember adds that the resolution does not cover anyone who may be the focus of a criminal investigation.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin has released a letter saying he, too, is against the idea, and believes it would send the wrong message about safety and quality of life. 

Council members will also discuss a possible change to the city's dangerous dog law.  Tuesday night's meeting starts at 6 pm at City Hall.

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