An Exciting Session of the Common Council This morning—When the Annexation Bill Came Up For a Hearing Democrats Attempted to Obstruct the Proceedings—Ignored by the Mayor—The Speeches in Favor of the Measure—One in Opposition—Mayor Conway Called the Roll and Republicans Voted in Favor of the Bill—Democrats Protest—Obstructionists Hold a Meeting.

The hearing on the bill which has recently passed the Legislature making a Greater Troy, which was held by Mayor Conway in the Common Council chamber this morning, attracted a large attendance. The Democratic majority of the Common Council was on hand promptly at 10 o’clock, the advertised hour. Mayor Conway entered the chamber at 10 o’clock. The Republican members of the Common Council came into the room at the same time.
Those in Attendance.

Those who attended included Assemblyman Galbraith, who introduced the bill; […]
Refused to Hear Obstructionists.

Mayor Conway paid no attention to the interruption. Said Mr. Hogan: “Can’t I, Mr. Mayor, ask you a question? Have you gone so far that I can’t ask you a question?” Mayor Conway paid no attention to the remarks of the two Democratic Aldermen. Mr. Casey then added his voice to the clamor, but Mr. Roberts kept on reading the bill, and the Democratic obstructionists retired to their desks with the intention of objecting at the close of the reading by Mr. Roberts on the ground that the latter was not the Clerk of the Common Council.
The Chamber Crowded.

There was applause as the Democratic Aldermen interposed objection. By this time the room was crowded, and the greatest interest was manifested.
The reading of the bill took considerable time, and after the Democratic obstructionists had been checked by the Mayor Secretary Roberts continued the reading in peace. The reading of the bill was applauded.
A Historian’s Argument.Sent to Albany.
The bill was sent to Albany this afternoon, with the Mayor’s certificate, and it will be submitted to the Assembly and Senate for final action.
Troy Daily Times April 2, 1900: cols 2-4.