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“I am appalled by the behavior of the City Council Members in the City of Troy who introduced such divisive legislation today.”

McLaughlin continued, “The direct criticism of me and County Clerk Frank Merola by Troy Democrats on the City Council is completely inappropriate, unwarranted and beyond the pale.  There is a tiny minority of people who are pushing this radical Sanctuary City position which is opposed by an overwhelming majority of City and County residents.“

McLaughlin noted that just last week the County and City entered into a Memorandum of Agreement for the City to administer the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Formula Program.

“Under this agreement, the City is required by law to adhere to federal immigration laws and regulations.”  McLaughlin elaborated, “If the City is not able to uphold their end of the bargain, this funding will be in jeopardy.  I will repeat myself, Troy is part of Rensselaer County and Rensselaer County will not acknowledge this legislation when we are processing people in our jail who have broken the law.”