Tompkins County
New York

Resolution
2017-21

Resolution to Maintain a Safe, Inclusive Government and Ensure the Protection, Order, Conduct, Safety, Health, and Well-Being of All Persons in Tompkins County

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WHEREAS, Tompkins County commits to maintaining a safe, inclusive, and welcoming community recognizing the inherent equality and human dignity of ALL people, and

 

WHEREAS, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, homophobia, gender identity, sex, victims of domestic violence, familial status, and religious persecution of any kind threatens public safety and the peaceful foundations of a civilized society, and

 

WHEREAS, the establishment of a “registry,” or the detention or deportation of millions of people currently living in this country, for reasons solely related to their citizenship, immigration status, race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion, runs contrary to core American values, and

 

WHEREAS, the inhumane application of immigration laws that separate loved ones from each other and their communities, especially children from parents and caretakers, undermines the integrity of families and is contrary to the best interest of children, and

 

WHEREAS, the mere fact of being present in the United States without authorization, by itself, does not constitute a crime, and

 

WHEREAS, several groups of immigrants, including permanent residents, visa holders, refugees, and people who are undocumented, who come to this country with varied skill sets and support from their home country, are all integral to the current structure and prosperity of our local, state, and national economy, from the food system to academia and business, and

 

WHEREAS, immigrants, refugees, and racial, ethnic, and religious minorities make ongoing contributions to the economic, cultural, and spiritual prosperity of our community at the local, state, and national level, including those who have sacrificed in defense of the United States as members of the armed forces, and

 

WHEREAS, Articles I and II of the U.S. Constitution expressly grant the federal government exclusive power to establish and enforce immigration laws, and

 

WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the federal government from commandeering state or local officials to enforce immigration law, and likewise prohibits state or local officials from acting unilaterally on immigration matters where the federal government has preempted the field, and 

 

WHEREAS, under the Home Rule powers granted by the New York State Constitution, as implemented by the Municipal Home Rule Law, Tompkins County has authority to adopt local laws relating to the “government, protection, order, conduct, safety, health, and well-being of persons” that are not inconsistent with the State Constitution or a general state law, and

 

WHEREAS, on January 19, 2017, the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s office issued a “legal roadmap” outlining the extent to which state and local jurisdictions are permitted under law to decline to participate in federal immigration investigation and enforcement, and 

 

WHEREAS, Tompkins County supports existing efforts being made by County Departments, officers, personnel and agents, including law enforcement officers, to ensure public safety through relationships built on trust and good-will, especially with individuals who are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse due to their citizenship, immigration status, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sex, victims of domestic violence, familial status, or religion, and

 

WHEREAS, Tompkins County supports criminal investigations and associated actions that are authorized by law, and not solely related to an individual’s citizenship, immigration status, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sex, victims of domestic violence, familial status, or religion, and 

 

WHEREAS, Tompkins County Departments, officers, personnel, and agents, have a legal, practical, and moral imperative when carrying out official duties to uphold the U.S. Constitution, including the principles of federalism and separation of powers, now therefore be it 

 

RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Health and Human Services Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature affirms its support for the current practices of our Sheriff and our departments, in particular those outlined in this resolution, as they pertain to the County’s aim to maintain a safe, inclusive government and the protection, order, conduct, safety, health, and well-being of all persons in Tompkins County, and urges continued adherence to constitutional, federal, and state laws,

 

RESOLVED, further, That County Departments, officers, personnel, and agents should not engage in certain activities solely for the purpose of enforcing federal immigration law, including:

 

A.              executing a stop, questioning, interrogating, investigating, or arresting an individual based solely on any of the following:

 

a.              Actual or suspected immigration or citizenship status; or

 

b.              A “civil immigration warrant,” administrative warrant, or an immigration detainer in the individual’s name, including those identified in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database;

 

B.              performing the functions of a federal immigration officer or otherwise engaging in the enforcement of federal immigration law--whether pursuant to Section 1357(g) of Title 8 of the United States Code or under any other law, regulation, or policy,

 

RESOLVED, further, That County officers or agents should honor detainer requests from federal agents only in the following limited, specified circumstances:

 

A.              when a “civil immigration detainer” from federal agents to detain or transfer an individual for immigration enforcement or investigation purposes for up to 48 hours is accompanied by a judicial warrant,

 

a.              except that a person may be detained for up to 48 hours on a “civil immigration detainer,” in the absence of a judicial warrant if there is probable cause to believe that the individual has illegally re-entered the country after a previous removal or return as defined by 8 U.S.C. § 1326, and

 

i.              the individual has been convicted at any time of (i) a “violent or serious” crime as defined under section 14-154 (a) (6) of the Administrative Code of the City of New York or (ii) a federal crime or crime under the law of another state that would constitute a predicate felony conviction, as defined under the New York Penal Law, for any of the preceding felonies; or

 

ii.              there is probable cause to believe that the individual has or is engaged in an activity of terrorism, which is an activity forbidden by law and intended to intimidate or coerce a population, influence government policy, or affect government conduct through violence,

 

RESOLVED, further, That County Departments, officers, personnel, and agents shall not inquire about or collect from individuals, including but not limited to a crime victim, a witness, or a person who calls or approaches the police seeking assistance, information concerning citizenship or immigration status unless necessary to perform official duties and shall prohibit the use or disclosure of such information in any manner that violates, local, state, or federal law,

 

RESOLVED, further, That County Departments, officers, personnel, and agents may respond to federal requests for information upon presentation of a judicial warrant, but that absent a judicial warrant, will not disclose certain non-public, sensitive information about an individual, such that:

 

A.              County Departments, officers, personnel, and agents may respond affirmatively to a request by a federal agent for non-public information about an individual-including but not limited to non-public information about an individual’s release, home address, or work address - ONLY IF the request is accompanied by a judicial warrant,

 

a.              EXCEPT THAT nothing in this resolution prohibits any local entity or official from:

 

i.              sending to or receiving from any local, state, or federal agency - as per 8 U.S.C. § 1373- (1) information regarding an individual’s country of citizenship if known or (2) a statement of the individual’s immigration status if known; or

 

ii.              disclosing information about an individual’s criminal arrests or convictions, where disclosure of such information about the individual is otherwise permitted by state law or required pursuant to subpoena or court order; or

 

iii.              disclosing information about an individual’s juvenile arrests or delinquency or youthful offender adjudications, where disclosure of such information about the individual is otherwise permitted by state law or required pursuant to subpoena or court order,

 

iv.  disclosing information about an individual when the County Department,

              officers, personnel, or agent is acting pursuant to a court ordered investigation on an individual who has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony,

 

RESOLVED, further, That County Departments, officers, personnel, and agents shall not provide federal agents with access to an individual in their custody or the use of agency facilities or resources to question or interview such individual if the federal agent’s sole purpose is enforcement of federal immigration law,

 

RESOLVED, further, That County Departments, officers, personnel, and agents shall protect the due process rights of persons about whom federal immigration enforcement requests have been made, including providing those persons with appropriate notice, and:

 

A.              ensuring that bail and/or release from custody upon posting of bail shall not be delayed solely because of (1) an individual’s citizenship or immigration status, (2) a civil immigration warrant, or (3) a federal agency request, for the purposes of immigration enforcement, requests notification about, transfer of, detention of, or an interview or interrogation of that individual;

 

B.              upon receipt of a federal detainer, transfer, notification, interview, or interrogation request, providing a copy of that request to the individual named therein and informing the individual whether the request will be honored before communicating a response to the requesting agency;

 

C.              subjecting individuals in custody to the same booking, processing, release, and transfer procedures, policies, and practices, regardless of actual or suspected citizenship or immigration status,

 

RESOLVED, further, That it shall continue to be the practice that local agency resources should not be used to create a federal registry based on citizenship, immigration status, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sex, victims of domestic violence, familial status, or religion,

 

RESOLVED, further, That no County Department, officer, personnel, or agent shall use County monies, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel to investigate, enforce, or assist in the investigation or enforcement of any federal program requiring registration of individuals on the basis of citizenship, immigration status, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sex, victims of domestic violence, familial status, or religion,

 

RESOLVED, further, That County Departments, officers, personnel, and agents shall limit the collection of immigration-related information and ensure non-discriminatory access to benefits and services, such that

 

A.              No inquiry or request for proof shall be made regarding an individual’s citizenship or immigration status when services or benefits are provided, except where the receipt of such services or benefits are contingent upon one’s citizenship or immigration status, or where inquiries are otherwise lawfully required by federal, state, or local laws; and

 

B.              Tompkins County has established and shall maintain a formal Language Assistance Policy for individuals with Limited English Proficiency and provide interpretation or translation services consistent with that policy, consistent with its obligations under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Department of Health and Human Services Regulations,

 

RESOLVED, further, That regarding their receipt of, and response to, federal requests for the sole purpose of monitoring compliance with all applicable laws, County Departments, officers, personnel, and agents should collect and report aggregate data containing no personal identifiers,

 

RESOLVED, further, That County Departments, officers, personnel, and agents shall record, solely to create the semi-annual reports described below, the following for each immigration detainer, notification, transfer, interview, or interrogation request received from federal agents:

 

A.              Date and time that the subject individual was taken into local law enforcement custody, the location where the individual was held, and the arrest charges;

 

B.              Date and time the request was received;

 

C.              The requesting agency;

 

D.              Immigration or criminal history indicated on the request form, if any;

 

E.              Whether the request was accompanied with any documentation regarding immigration status or proceedings, e.g., a judicial warrant;

 

F.              Whether a copy of the request was provided to the individual and, if yes, the date and time of notification;

 

G.              The response to the request, including a decision not to fulfill the request;

 

H.              If applicable, the date and time that federal agents took custody of, or was otherwise given access to, the individual; and the date and time of the individual’s release from custody;

 

I.              Whether the individual consented to the request;

 

J.              Whether the individual requested to confer with counsel regarding the request,

 

RESOLVED, further, That County Departments, officers, personnel, and agents shall provide annual reports to the County Legislature and County Clerk regarding the information collected according to the previous resolved, in an aggregated form, that is stripped of all personal identifiers in order that compliance with all applicable law may be monitored,

 

RESOLVED, further, That all County Departments, officers, personnel, and agents, including but not limited to law enforcement, education, health and safety departments, and private individuals delegated authority to carry out County functions, are directed to incorporate policies into their standard training and operational procedures outlining these protections and directing compliance with them,

 

RESOLVED, further, That given that inalienable rights should be universally honored and preserved and not restricted by geographic boundaries, Tompkins County urges our State legislature and Governor Andrew Cuomo to enact a measure ensuring the lawful and non-discriminatory treatment of anyone present in the State of New York, regardless of immigration status,

 

RESOLVED, further, That the County intends that the provisions of this Resolution are severable, and that the invalidity of any part does not affect the validity of any remaining part, 

 

RESOLVED, further, That the Clerk of the Legislature send copies of this resolution to Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand; to Congressman Tom Reed; State Senators Tom O’Mara, James Seward, and Pamela Helming; State Assemblymember Barbara Lifton; and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Meeting History

Feb 17, 2017 9:00 AM  Health and Human Services Committee Regular Meeting

Ms. Kelles explained that she has been working on this resolution for a few months. Her intent was to identify and explain that this was a “public safety for all” resolution and not put the County at risk and avoid going outside the bounds of existing immigration law or the Constitution.

Another core objective was to recognize the difficult place local law enforcement is in. There is pressure, through an Executive Order, for compliance with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) but Immigration Law is exclusively federal purview. Ms. Kelles has included the Sheriff’s Department in the drafting of this resolution. Local law enforcement is tasked with the job of protecting public safety and at the federal level the job is to protect the entire country and its borders. Those priorities and requirements are very different and the manner in which the Tenth Amendment and some categories under Immigration Law have been designed is to ensure the two different law enforcement bodies that have different responsibilities can coexist in the same country. Home rule and the Tenth Amendment reserve the power not delegated to the federal government but instead to the states and has been incorporated by the Supreme Court as being anti-commandeering where local governments cannot be required to enact or administer a federal regulatory program.

Ms. Kelles explained that components of the resolution are very “legaleeze” oriented and some are taken from the Attorney General’s roadmap and have been extensively vetted by the Attorney General’s Office to provide legal information to municipalities and not require them to have to do the legal research themselves and to support the separation of federal and state responsibilities. This resolution is supportive of local law enforcement and the ability for public safety is being maximized here in Tompkins County.

Mr. Stein spoke of the arguments made for and against this resolution. Law enforcement countrywide have cooperated and exchanged information with each other in order to maintain public safety and enforcement of the law.

Ms. Kelles appreciates Mr. Stein’s comments and spoke of the resolution not prohibiting the cooperation of local law enforcement with immigration offices. In accordance with immigration law, local government cannot impede the engagement or collaboration of immigration officers and their intentions to enforcement immigration laws. In addition, it does include that local law enforcement or County departments ask for immigration status if it is not directly relevant to the investigation or case at hand which is a practice already in place.

Mr. Burbank spoke of his desire to have a simple resolution stating the County is a Sanctuary County but understands the need to have this resolution written the way it has been. The changes happening at the national level are brutally repressive and grossly unfair and he is hopeful that communities across the country will stand up and state their refusal to go along with those changes. From a practical level this resolution allows for compliance with the constitution and federal law that provides for real protections for individuals that are vulnerable. He is supportive of this resolution.

Ms. Kelles invited Ms. Bergin to join the discussion and offer her legal expertise if need be.

Ms. Chock stated she is thoroughly supportive and appreciative of the work Ms. Kelles has put into this. She would like to see the resolution go further and would like to see Tompkins County step up and be a test case for this. She spoke of the affects this will have on the local community and local farms. She told of her personal experience with a young immigrant who had a Visa lapse and later became a law-abiding US citizen.

Ms. Kelles stated her intent of the resolution was to focus on the protections and the federal government is vague on their definition of “sanctuary”. Mr. Wood has told her that under some realms this does not make Tompkins County a “sanctuary” County but in others it does. This resolution does not state the County is a sanctuary county.

In response to Mrs. McBean-Clairborne’s question about paragraph i in the second Resolved, Ms. Kelles stated the exception is if the individual has a criminal record. The reason for it being written in this manner was to include the various classifications of crimes. Mrs. McBean-Clairborne further asked if an individual has been convicted of a crime and served his or her sentence, does he or she fall on that list. Ms. Kelles stated if the individual has a criminal record they would be on that list. Ms. Bergin further explained that this applies to the second type of undocumented individual who is an individual in the United States, was removed, and then returned. Ms. Kelles spoke of how this resolution is very specific due to the fact that immigration laws are very specific and very complicated.

Mr. Robison appreciates the efforts made to include the input from the Sheriff’s Department. He requested the Department not be put in the position to violate any laws and the current version being proposed does not do that. It allows the Department to continue to do their job. The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department is not a federal agency and does not enforce immigration law but does not violate laws or court orders either including a judicial warrant. He is supportive of the current version of the resolution.

Ms. Chock stated she has spoken with Mr. Lane, who was unable to be at the meeting, about his concerns with the language in the first Resolved statement through the sixth Resolved statement that refers primarily to the Sheriff’s Department. Since the County has an independently elected Sheriff who designs departmental policies, Mr. Lane questioned if it is appropriate for the Legislature to weigh in on this and state this is what should and shouldn’t be done. Ms. Kelles stated she has spoken to the County Attorney and he is not concerned with that language.

Ms. Chock expressed the existing practice under the current Sheriff is supportive of this but has concerns about what will happen if a new Sheriff is elected and he or she is not as supportive. Mr. Robison stated there would be a problem if the resolution asked law enforcement to do something contradictory to the law.

Ms. Chock addressed her concerns with the current practice regarding “stops” being changed by one elected official and questions if the resolution has gone far enough. She would like to see Tompkins County go further and be a test case in doing so.

Ms. Kelles believes this resolution has gone as far as it can to ensure maximum public safety in the community and still maintain the support of the Sheriff’s Department. If the resolution pushes to take further steps it could lose the Sheriff’s Department’s support because they could be asked to do something that may not be following the law. If there is a change in administration and policies in the Sheriff’s Department then the resolution may need to be amended to reflect that change.

It was MOVED by Ms. Chock, seconded by Mr. Stein, to amend the resolution as follows:

Insert as the first Resolved statement:

“RESOLVED, on recommendation of the Health and Human Services Committee, That the Tompkins County Legislature affirms its support for the current practices of our Sheriff and our departments, in particular those outlined in this resolution, as they pertain to the County’s aim to maintain a safe, inclusive government and the protection, order, conduct, safety, health, and well-being of all persons in Tompkins County, and urges continued adherence to constitutional, federal, and state laws,”

It was confirmed the proposed amendment would not go against the spirit of the resolution and that it would not compel law enforcement to do anything against the law.

A voice vote resulted as follows: Ayes - 5, Noes - 0; AMENDMENT CARRIED.

Alderperson Brock spoke of her experiences on Ithaca City Council that when there is a question about lawful behavior of a police officer an investigation is initiated and the question is asked "is the behavior of that individual consistent with established policy". Often the answer is that the behavior was not inconsistent with established policy because there is no established policy. This resolution establishes policy and further training, engagement, and education related to this issue can be conducted.

Ms. Kelles read an email she received from Alderperson Brock suggesting the addition of “gender identity” be included in the resolution in various places.

Ms. Baer suggested adding sex, victims of domestic status, and familial status to the resolution in each place gender identity was included. These are all categories protected by federal and state laws.

It was MOVED by Mrs. McBean-Clairborne, seconded by Ms. Chock, and unanimously adopted by voice vote, to amend the resolution as follows:

The second Whereas statement should read as follows:

“WHEREAS, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, homophobia, gender identity, sex, victims of domestic violence, familial status, and religious persecution of any kind threatens public safety and the peaceful foundations of a civilized society, and”

The twelfth Whereas statement should read as follows:

“WHEREAS, Tompkins County supports existing efforts being made by County Departments, officers, personnel and agents, including law enforcement officers, to ensure public safety through relationships built on trust and good-will, especially with individuals who are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse due to their citizenship, immigration status, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sex, victims of domestic violence, familial status, or religion, and”

The thirteenth Whereas should read as follows:

“WHEREAS, Tompkins County supports criminal investigations and associated actions that are authorized by law, and not solely related to an individual’s citizenship, immigration status, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sex, victims of domestic violence, familial status, or religion, and”

The eighth and ninth Resolved statements should read as follows:

“RESOLVED, further, That it shall continue to be the practice that local agency resources should not be used to create a federal registry based on citizenship, immigration status, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sex, victims of domestic violence, familial status, or religion,

RESOLVED, further, That no County Department, officer, personnel, or agent shall use County monies, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel to investigate, enforce, or assist in the investigation or enforcement of any federal program requiring registration of individuals on the basis of citizenship, immigration status, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, sex, victims of domestic violence, familial status, or religion,”

Committee members further discussed the resolution and agreed to a number of suggestions made and incorporated in the resolution.

Mr. Burbank requested when there is a resolution of this magnitude and there is a potential for it to have numerous changes, such as the ones being made, it be projected on the large screens and changes be made at that time.

RESULT:RECOMMENDED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Anna Kelles, Chair
SECONDER:Will Burbank, Member
AYES:Anna Kelles, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Will Burbank, Carol Chock, Peter Stein
Feb 21, 2017 5:30 PM Media Tompkins County Legislature Regular Meeting

Mrs. McBean-Clairborne returned to the meeting at 7:03 p.m.

Ms. Kelles spoke of being proud of the depth of knowledge brought by the public and the engagement of the population here and all over the country in government that she has never seen before. This is a resolution for public safety for all and spoke of Tenth Amendment and said there is a reason for checks and balances. The requirements for Federal government law enforcement are to protect the country at-large and boundaries of the country. The responsibility of local government is to protect the public safety and ensure peace and well-being. The reason for this separation of governments is because the responsibilities are distinct. This resolution maintains that separation of responsibilities and both levels of government to maximize their effectiveness.

She explained why the word “sanctuary” was not included in the resolution and said it is not a legal definition. It is a political definition. The effects of this resolution financially is debatable; she cannot say we are at zero risk for what we are doing because we are a moving target as the concepts have not been fully defined by the Federal government. We are doing the best we can to protect everyone in Tompkins County. This resolution does not require law enforcement or any other department to do anything different than what they are doing.

Ms. Chock spoke of her personal family history coming to this country as immigrants. She understands there will be debate tonight about whether this resolution makes this County a sanctuary or not; however, she hopes there is unanimity.

Ms. Chock offered the following statement that was accepted as friendly to be added to the third Resolved, paragraph ii: “there is probable cause to believe that the individual has or is engaged in terrorist activity, an activity of terrorism, which is an activity forbidden by law and intended to intimidate or coerce a population, influence government policy, or affect government conduct through violence.”

Mr. John offered the following paragraph that was accepted as friendly to be added to the fourth Resolved:

“iv. disclosing information about an individual when the County Department, officer, personnel, or agent is acting pursuant to a court ordered investigation on an individual who has been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony.”

Mr. Dennis spoke in support of the resolution and commended Ms. Kelles for the work she did in drafting it. He asked all who spoke tonight to be that citizen that goes back to your community and gets involved.

Mr. John spoke to this resolution being within our boundaries and should be considered. He thanked Mr. Dennis for his comments and Ms. Kelles for her work on this. This is not just a national issue it is happening locally too. He spoke of the educational institutions in the County and the affects this has on those and the economic impact on County residents.

Ms. Kelles spoke to the claim made under Privilege of the Floor of Legislators being distracted by these efforts. She said this is a local issue and this has effects on personnel and law enforcement; the more we learn about other cultures the more we understand humanity and the beauty everyone has to offer.

Ms. Robertson thanked those who spoke as well and also provided her families immigrant history. She spoke of how this is a personal issue and the impact it is already having on people and businesses. Being in this country without papers does not constitute a crime.

Mrs. McBean-Clairborne spoke of her involvement with events at the State Theater and on ways to address mass incarceration. She spoke of family members and friends who have been subjected to civil immigration detention and not because of committing a crime. In addition she spoke of her own experience as an immigrant and those she has helped. She thanked the Cornell President for the statement he published on this issue.

Mr. Stein shared a story of his grandmother and her immigration experience.

It was MOVED by Mr. Stein, seconded by Mr. Klein, to amend the resolution to remove the fifth Whereas and replace it with “WHEREAS, the consequences of being present in the U.S. without authorization are determined by immigration policy rather than by other criminal statutes, and”

Mr. Stein said resolutions generally do something or tell somebody what to do. This resolution is unique and does not do either of those things. The resolution is telling people how a “just government” should work and suggest that things are good and should be done.

Following discussion, it was MOVED by Mr. Dennis, seconded by Mr. Stein, to Call the Question. A voice vote resulted as follows: Ayes - 9; Noes - 4 (Legislators Burbank, Chock, Kiefer, and Robertson); Excused - 1 (Legislator Sigler). THE QUESTION WAS CALLED.

A voice vote resulted as follows on the motion to amend: Ayes - 1 (Legislator Stein), Noes - 12, Excused - 1 (Legislator Sigler). MOTION FAILED.

Mr. Burbank spoke of things he is thankful for as it is related to this resolution and stated he is cognizant of the constant movement of this situation. If this passes it is going to be done not without risks, but he strongly supports the resolution.

Mr. Lane spoke in support of the resolution and the importance of restating things even if there is no change in policy. He believes Tompkins County to be the best County and that he lives in the best State and country. We look at people who come here from other countries as a resource; they provide labor, intellect, and diversity. In Tompkins County, we have that every day. He reminded the Legislature that in his statement earlier this year that Tompkins County does not build walls, it opens its heart. Tompkins County wants people to know they are safe here and that we will not do anything differently than we have done for many years. New York State has been a home for refugees for many years. This will put Tompkins County on the map saying we will continue to be a welcoming and law abiding community.

This resolution was adopted by a roll call vote.

RESULT:ADOPTED [11 TO 2]
MOVER:Anna Kelles, Member
SECONDER:Carol Chock, Member
AYES:Will Burbank, Carol Chock, James Dennis, Rich John, Anna Kelles, Dooley Kiefer, Daniel Klein, Michael Lane, Leslyn McBean-Clairborne, Martha Robertson, Peter Stein
NAYS:David McKenna, Glenn Morey
EXCUSED:Michael Sigler