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Mayor Tim Keller Outlines Priorities for 2019 Legislative Session

Working towards a more safe, inclusive and innovative Albuquerque.

January 15, 2019

Today, Mayor Tim Keller restated his administration’s legislative priorities for the 2019 New Mexico Legislative Session. The legislative agenda focuses on public safety, standing up for kids, addressing homelessness, and economic development to create jobs.

“We know that as New Mexico’s largest city Albuquerque has the potential to impact the rest of the state,” said Mayor Keller. “With this legislative agenda, our city can help lift up the entire state by tackling crime from all sides, increasing economic opportunity, addressing homelessness and stepping up for our kids. We’re setting our sights on tangible projects that can make a real difference in our communities.”

Mayor Tim Keller has outlined steps to tackle Albuquerque’s challenges and focused on using resources efficiently to tackle crime and improve the quality of life for Albuquerque residents. The City is looking to partner with the State in getting New Mexico’s largest city back on track.

Public Safety

  • Regional Emergency Communications Infrastructure for better coordination between all emergency service providers in Albuquerque and the surrounding area, including UNM Security, the Bernalillo County Sherriff’s Department, APS Security and Albuquerque Ambulance.
  • DNA processing automation to help resolve the rape kit backlog and ensure timely processing in the future.
  • Funding for electronic gunshot detection to address violent crime.
  • Supplemental support for the APD Gun Intelligence Center to solve gun related crimes.
  • Updates to the APD Academy to better equip police officers for community policing.
  • Anti-auto theft technology funding to decrease auto theft and solve auto theft crimes.
  • Bunker gear to prevent risk of contracting cancer among first responders.

Addressing Homelessness

  • Operating funds for expanded hours of operation for a 24/7 emergency shelter with crisis triage support.
  • Construction of a centrally located shelter facilities with onsite supportive services to help those struggling with homelessness obtain long-term housing.

Stepping up for our kids

  • Funding for two new child development centers on the Westside.
  • Additional support for Pre-K programs to expand free early childhood learning opportunities.
  • Public library in the International District to support education and job opportunities and build community.


  • First phase of redevelopment at the Rail Yards that will lay the groundwork for productive use of the space.
  • Improve transportation to Balloon Fiesta Park to make Albuquerque more visitor-friendly and reduce traffic during Balloon Fiesta.
  • Roadway improvements at Central and Unser to prepare for growth on the Westside.
  • KiMo Theater repairs to support Albuquerque’s creative economy.
  • Full funding for Local Economic Development Act, so that the City can expand economic opportunities.


  • ADA updates to sidewalks and intersections throughout Albuquerque.


  • Animal welfare upgrades to keep animals in the City’s care safe and healthy, so they can find permanent homes.

Download a complete report of City of Albuquerque Top Funding Priorities for 2019 Legislative Session.