ALB’s 2019 NM Legislative Priorities

On December 3, 2018 by a news release, Mayor Tim Keller announced his administration’s priorities for the 2019 New Mexico legislative session.

The priorities focus on five major areas: public safety, homelessness, children’s issues, job creation and infrastructure updates.

Keller is quoted as saying in the news release:

“We know that as New Mexico’s largest city Albuquerque has the potential to impact the rest of the state. 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.”

Following is a listing of the legislative priorities by topic:


• Improved radio technology for better coordination between all emergency service providers in Albuquerque and the surrounding area
• DNA processing automation to help resolve the rape kit backlog and ensure timely processing
• Dedicated funding to support public safety, and infrastructure and equipment needs
• Money for electronic gunshot detection
• More support for the APD Gun Intelligence Center to solve gun-related crimes
• Updates to the police academy to better equip officers for community policing
• Anti-auto theft technology money to reduce and better solve auto theft crimes.
• Bunker gear to prevent risk of contracting cancer among first responders


• First phase of redevelopment at the Rail Yards
• Adding Balloon Fiesta Park access improvements
• Roadway improvements at Central and Unser
• Increasing job training funding for the film industry through JTIP
• KiMo Theater repairs to support Albuquerque’s creative economy.
• Full funding for Local Economic Development Act so that the city can expand economic opportunities


• Money for two new child development centers on the West Side
• More support for pre-K programs
• Public library in the International District


• Operating funds for expanded hours of operation for a 24/7 emergency shelter with crisis triage support
• Construction of two centrally located shelter facilities with onsite supportive services


• ADA updates to sidewalks and intersections throughout Albuquerque
• Animal welfare upgrades


This will be Mayor Tim Keller’s second New Mexico legislative session and it will be a sixty-day session.

January 1, 2019 will not only be the beginning of a new year, but also the first day of work of our new Governor.

The biggest and most significant difference is that New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan will be in charge and the Democrat Majority in the house has increased substantially.

Further, it is being projected that upwards of $2 billion additional monies will be available thanks to the oil and gas revenues.

This will probably be the first time in 8 years that we will not see an “all crime all the time” legislative session.

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Pete Dinelli was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is of Italian and Hispanic descent. He is a 1970 graduate of Del Norte High School, a 1974 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a 1977 graduate of St. Mary's School of Law, San Antonio, Texas. Pete has a 40 year history of community involvement and service as an elected and appointed official and as a practicing attorney in Albuquerque. Pete and his wife Betty Case Dinelli have been married since 1984 and they have two adult sons, Mark, who is an attorney and George, who is an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Pete has been a licensed New Mexico attorney since 1978. Pete has over 27 years of municipal and state government service. Pete’s service to Albuquerque has been extensive. He has been an elected Albuquerque City Councilor, serving as Vice President. He has served as a Worker’s Compensation Judge with Statewide jurisdiction. Pete has been a prosecutor for 15 years and has served as a Bernalillo County Chief Deputy District Attorney, as an Assistant Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney and as a Deputy City Attorney. For eight years, Pete was employed with the City of Albuquerque both as a Deputy City Attorney and Chief Public Safety Officer overseeing the city departments of police, fire, 911 emergency call center and the emergency operations center. While with the City of Albuquerque Legal Department, Pete served as Director of the Safe City Strike Force and Interim Director of the 911 Emergency Operations Center. Pete’s community involvement includes being a past President of the Albuquerque Kiwanis Club, past President of the Our Lady of Fatima School Board, and Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.