Name: Cynthia D. Borrego
Political party: Democratic
Education: Masters in public administration; Bachelor of Science in Education; hours towards a second master’s degree in regional planning. Certified: real estate; installation of antennas and wireless communication towers; international investments and emerging markets.
Occupation: Owner – Cybas and Assoc., LLC, 11 years old; current president of the municipal council; advisor for 3.8 years.
Family: Spouse – deceased; 1 godson, 7 nephews, 5 nieces, 2 fur babies
Relevant experience: President, Albuquerque City Council representing District 5; AMAFCA Board of Directors; owner-Cybas’s & Assoc. SARL; past chairman of the board of directors of the Rio Grande Credit Union; urban planning / economic development COA / Co Bernalillo 28+ years; PERA Council of New Mexico, 8 years, 2 years president; NMSPA; former president / board of directors
Campaign website: cynthiaborrego.com
What is the biggest problem your district is currently facing and how would you deal with it?
There are many issues that I will continue to address for our city, but public safety is at the forefront. I have strengthened public safety by hiring more officers and expanding community policing programs and funding mental health programs, including adding mental health professionals as first responders.
What, if anything, can the Council do in law to reduce crime?
I am currently working with the legislature to reduce recidivism and strengthen laws for crimes against children. I am working on the financing of our APD communication system. In addition, I will continue to work with our federal delegation to secure more public safety grants and support community events recognizing our officers.
The ODA continues to operate under a US Department of Justice settlement agreement that outlines reforms, policy changes, and mandatory training that police must complete over several years. Should the city continue with this agreement or try to change it? If so, how should the city try to change it?
The Federal Court Approved Settlement Agreement (CASA) mandate is implemented by the DOJ, and the city is obligated to abide by the terms and conditions. There are several parts that the COA can still challenge in court – so it is essential to work with lawyers and our agents to find solutions.
About 31% of all city general fund spending currently goes to the police department. Is this the correct amount? If not, should it be higher or lower and why?
The city council increased the police department’s budget for FY22 – and I think it struck the right balance between securing the resources they needed while investing in other areas that support officers and community programs. I am open to increasing it in the future.
What else do you think in the city’s current budget should have more or less funding and why?
We must focus on the economic recovery from the pandemic. I’m more interested in how we can develop economic development (jobs) in conjunction with the US bailout by investing in learning and training programs. We can also create opportunities for our community through public-private partnerships.
Under what circumstances, if any, would you be in favor of raising taxes?
No. I can’t stand raising taxes, especially during a pandemic. I have already voted against increasing taxes. I recently voted against the gas tax proposal. Albuquerque doesn’t need regressive taxes.
What’s your best idea for boosting the city’s economy?
We need to take a multidimensional approach to continue building the economy, all focused on job creation. We must continue to develop the technology industry, expand apprenticeship programs, support incentives for small businesses and invest in our natural resources. Investing in future generations will also help reduce crime and promote economic development.
If city voters approve a $ 50 million gross revenue tax liability for a new multi-purpose football stadium, where do you think it should be built?
I believe a full site analysis of opportunities. The analysis should include transport, access, economic impact, cultural impact; and the impact on fragile neighborhood fabrics. The decision will ultimately be up to the voters, and there may be more pressing issues that we need to prioritize, including crime and homelessness.
What specific strategies do you have to reduce homelessness?
We need to create a stronger network between social service providers. Competition should not be a driving force for these finance providers. We need to do a comprehensive analysis of the homeless population and network to help address the root causes and ensure the availability of programs.
What must the city do to ensure the success of its first Gateway Center?
We need to work collaboratively with the community and adjacent neighborhoods to make this work. In addition, we need organizations such as the UNM, federal, state, and county programs, nonprofits, the VA Hospital, and Sandia to ensure the necessary programs are available to treat the conditions. root causes of the most vulnerable populations.
What should the city do, if anything, for people living on the streets who don’t want to stay in a shelter?
First, we can provide more outreach programs by working with nonprofits, churches, coalitions, and neighborhood associations. We can expand the reach and staff of our trained professionals who are on the front lines trying to reach these people to get the help they need.
What major infrastructure projects would you push for in the city’s next capital implementation program?
I’ve already secured over $ 19.5 million for Paseo, $ 13.5 million for Unser, and $ 10 million for Westside Boulevard. I intend to complete all of these projects in conjunction with the state legislature and the federal government.
What plans do you have to improve the quality of life for residents of Albuquerque?
Quality of life is synonymous with creating a healthy community. It is essential to give everyone the opportunity to succeed in a changing economy. We need to invest in our youth, our outdoor recreation, our community programs and our learning programs to make Albuquerque the best city in the country.
What makes you different from your opponents?
I am posted to help our community, not to use it to gain a higher position. I prioritized infrastructure and the well-being of citizens by obtaining more than $ 55 million for improvements to our infrastructure, which made it possible to create new jobs. I have prioritized budgeting to expand our police force while prioritizing community outreach.
Name an issue not mentioned in the above questions that you plan to address as an advisor?
Prioritizing our young people, our education system and training future generations will be essential for the future of our city. Economic development and public education are directly linked to each other. We need to train the next generation and create a strong workforce that will help us compete in the domestic market.
1. Have you or your business, if you are a business owner, ever been subject to state or federal tax liens?
2. Have you ever been involved in personal or business bankruptcy proceedings?
3. Have you ever been arrested, charged or convicted of impaired driving, any misdemeanor or felony in New Mexico or any other state?