Vote on Kingston 'sanctuary city' status set for Tuesday
William J. Kemble is reporting in the Daily Freeman the debate continues in Kingston over designating itself a sanctuary city. The resolution is set for a vote by the Common Council, Tue., Jan. 17. That resolution would memorialize policy that law enforcement officers will not inquire about the immigration status of people during initial contact with police. Mayor Steve Noble, a Democrat, does not believe the designation will threaten federal financial aid. Council member Deborah Brown, leader of the council's Republican minority, disagrees. She considers the designation a red flag that has the potential to threaten future block grants. “We’re going to comply with all federal laws. ... So if there’s a federal law that comes down that we have to comply with, we’re going to comply with it, of course. We don’t have a choice," Noble said at a Common Council joint caucus this week. He said any threat to withhold federal aid would have to be supported by explicit federal legislation saying exactly that. Brown said there is draft legislation being prepared in Congress to compel cooperation from municipalities. Noble will deliver a state of the city address Tuesday, followed by the council's annual reorganizational meeting. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.