VIDEO: Troy Mayor Janice Daniels Delivers State of the City Address
Daniels highlighted Troy's recent achievements, addressed future challenges and spoke momentarily about the Troy Transit Center, before a crowd of more than 50 Thursday night at the Troy Community Center.
Troy Mayor Janice Daniels delivered her prepared State of the City address Thursday evening to more than 50 audience members at the Troy Community Center.
Daniels, who is facing a recall election in November, was greeted with applause and a standing ovation from many.
"I hope to make this, my first state of the city address, an enjoyable, enlightening and energizing look at the accomplishments and the challenges of Troy, the place we call home," Daniels began.
Her speech, which highlighted recent achievements and improvements within the city, received additional standing ovations when Daniels introduced her son, Marine Cpl. Mark J. Daniels, and again upon finishing her speech.
While Daniels had much support in the audience, more than a dozen members of the political action committee Recall Janice Daniels also attended the event, showing their opposition to the mayor by wearing white shirts urging voters to "Vote Yes to Recall Mayor Daniels."
Daniels, however, did not mention the recall in her speech, which ran just over 25 minutes, though she took a moment to reiterate her position on the Troy Transit Center, which she has consistently voted against – and which is also one of the four reasons listed on the petitions used to trigger the upcoming Nov. 6 recall election.
"The two polarized political factions will never agree with each other," Daniels said. "One side says that the transit center is the key to economic future growth. The other faction says it is folly to believe that we can spend money that doesn't exist for a project with limited demand and no clear-cut design strategies."
Daniels went on to say that, should the project succeed, she will offer her congratulations to its proponents. But if the project fails, "I will quietly look for solutions to the new problems that we will be presented with," Daniels said.
Plans for a $6.27 million scaled-back version of the original transit center were eventually approved by City Council in January in a split vote.