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Nothing stirred public interest in the Albuquerque City Council’s most recent meeting more than planned votes on pandemic-related paid sick leave and hazard pay bills.
But it was an entirely unrelated council discussion during the lengthy meeting that has since drawn a rebuke from local Black leaders.
Albuquerque NAACP President Harold Bailey said in a statement that councilors Cynthia Borrego and Trudy Jones used “offensive, inflammatory and insensitive” language during a debate over a $1 million appropriation for the Black community. He said they should apologize or resign and is recommending “sensitivity and positive human engagement training.”