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Senate votes to confirm NMFA board members Nann Winter and Blake Curtis

SANTA FE, N.M. — The New Mexico Senate has confirmed a pair of Gov. Susana Martinez’s appointees to the New Mexico Finance Authority, the latest dose of good news for an agency that was beset by troubles last year.

The Senate voted 34-3 to confirm the appointment of Nann Winter, an Albuquerque lawyer who was appointed as NMFA board chairwoman in July 2012.

Senate Democratic Whip Tim Keller of Albuquerque said Winter had done a “great job” of helping to guide the Finance Authority out of a financial audit scandal, but raised questions about the various state contracts held by her law firm. Keller was one of three senators who voted against Winter’s confirmation.

Meanwhile, members of the Senate voted 36-0 to confirm Blake Curtis’ reappointment to the NMFA board. Curtis, a former state legislator, is one of nine gubernatorial appointees on the 11-member board.

In addition to the confirmations, proposals to revamp the NMFA in the wake of last year’s audit scandal (you can read about that here) are pending in the Legislature.

Check tomorrow’s Journal for more information.


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