Troy mayoral candidates discuss safety in debate

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Improving public safety was a hot topic among the Troy mayoral candidates as they faced off in a debate Wednesday night.

“We need to have a mayor who is engaged with the police department,” Working Families party member Rodney Wiltshire said. “I have been working with the police chief over the last four years to try to push or enhance community policing.”

“I am a strong proponent of community policing,” democrat Steve Madden said. “We work now, my organization with the community policing, the neighborhood resource officers, the community residents to bring them together, so the police can be more effective in the work that they’re doing out there.”

“We can immediately address violent crime with, yes, community policing but community policing isn’t the only answer,” republican Jim Gordon said. “We need to have undercover details that deal with violent crime, drugs, gang activity, etc. But we also need to have a more comprehensive approach from your city and your city departments.”

One thing the candidates did agree on is Troy’s budget deficit is too high, but they each have a different plan for fixing the problem.

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