Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty

Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty Charlene Pyskoty is a licensed therapist in private practice and a Bernalillo County Commissioner for District 5. Her office is in Albuquerque, and her home is in Tijeras, where she lives with her husband, three horses, two dogs, a cat, and four goldfish.

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Enlace Comunitario transforms lives of individuals and their families experiencing domestic violence by working to decre...
09/17/2020

Enlace Comunitario transforms lives of individuals and their families experiencing domestic violence by working to decrease gender inequity and intimate partner violence in the Latino immigrant community in Central New Mexico. Through their services, the provide transformative direct services, leadership development, preventative community education, outreach and policy advocacy in collaboration with community partners.

I support their mission and vision and I’m honored to contribute my District Directed Funding to Enlace to help them provide these vital services to our Latino immigrant communities here in Bernalillo County.

To learn more about Enlace Comunitario, please visit their website at https://www.enlacenm.org.

ICount NM
09/16/2020

ICount NM

Bernalillo County! If we do not respond to the #2020Census, we are in danger of losing more than 800 million over the next 10 years! This money is used to fund road projects within our community! Responding is quick and easy! You can get counted online (https://my2020census.gov/), over the phone (844-330-2020), or by mail. In New Mexico, EVERYONE counts! #icountnm #completecountnm *(Numbers are based on a 4% undercount in the state: https://gps-unm.shinyapps.io/Census_Undercount_Cost/)

The mission of the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico is, “To provide support and advocacy to survivors of sexual ...
09/10/2020

The mission of the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico is, “To provide support and advocacy to survivors of sexual assault and abuse within Central New Mexico, and to serve as a community resource on issues regarding prevention and awareness of sexual violence.”

This organization provides vital services such as crisis intervention and advocacy services 24 hours a day, professional counseling for survivors and loved ones, in-service training, community education, and community organizing to people in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia counties.

I am honored and proud to support the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico with my District Directed Funding. To learn more about this great organization, please visit https://rapecrisiscnm.org.

09/04/2020
Illegal Dumping Partnership

Illegal Dumping Partnership

Don't dump illegally!
Dispose of your trash safely at one of four area convenience centers across Bernalillo County.
City of Albuquerque centers
• South Side (Montessa Park), 512 Los Picaros Rd NW, 505-768-5930
• West Side (Don Reservoir), 117 114th Street SW, 505-768-3920
• North Side (Eagle Rock), 6301 Eagle Rock Rd NE, 505-857-8318
Bernalillo County
• East Side (East Mountain Transfer Station) 505-281-9110

09/04/2020

🚨💧MAIN LEAK/SERVICE OUTAGES💧🚨

SEPT. 4, 12:10 PM— Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority crews are responding to a large main leak in the vicinity of Chelwood Park NE and Phoenix NE that is affecting service (reports of low pressure and no water) from Tramway to Juan Tabo and from Candelaria to Menaul in the Northeast Heights. Phoenix is completely closed from Georgene to Chelwood Park to allow for repairs. It is not known at this time how many customers are affected or how long repairs will take to complete, but we are working to address the situation as quickly as possible.

In an ordinary year, Little League parks across Bernalillo County would be jam packed with kids playing baseball and hav...
09/03/2020

In an ordinary year, Little League parks across Bernalillo County would be jam packed with kids playing baseball and having fun. This year is different but that doesn’t mean I won’t stop my support for these awesome youth programs in our community.

This year I’m happy to support Mile High Little League with my District Directed Funding. They have been a part of the community since 1958, providing a “safe and fun environment for kids of all ages”.

To learn more about MHLL, visit https://www.milehighll.com/milehighll.

I’m proud to support the NM Veterans Integration Centers in their mission to, “enable Veterans and their families to ach...
08/28/2020

I’m proud to support the NM Veterans Integration Centers in their mission to, “enable Veterans and their families to achieve stable housing, financial security, and a renewed sense of community”.

We must support our veterans at every turn and it was my honor to contribute my District Directed Funds toward this amazing cause. To learn more about the VIC, please visit https://nmvic.org.

We've expanded our home delivery program, Operation Urgent Need, with funding support from the PNM Foundation and Bernalillo County District 5 Funding from Commissioner Pyskoty. The initiative now serves 15 homebound clients who have been unable to access the VIC’s Food Pantry or go grocery shopping due to physical or medical limitations due to COVID19 restrictions. The homebound clients (Veterans and Community members) are some of the most vulnerable in the community and by providing home delivered food resources, the VIC is ensuring they are receiving healthy food resources that otherwise would have left them food insecure because of physical and medical disabilities.

The funding provided by both the PNM Foundation and District 5, has enabled the VIC to continue to operate Operation Urgent Need throughout the remainder of 2020.

If you can help with donations for Operation Urgent Need, financial contributions can be made directly to the VIC or by using our secure online server. https://nmvic.org/donate/

Bernalillo County’s Tiny Home Village is on its way to completion due to the efforts of the hard working Carpenters Loca...
08/25/2020

Bernalillo County’s Tiny Home Village is on its way to completion due to the efforts of the hard working Carpenters Local Union 1319, Commissioner Debbie O’Malley, and numerous BernCo employees.

More than 110 members of the union volunteered more than 1,400 hours over six weekends to complete the construction of 30 tiny homes located adjacent to the Albuquerque Indian Center, 105 Texas St. SE.

This week the Carpenters Local Union 1319 was honored at the Tiny Home Village site by County Commissioners Debbie O’Malley, Charlene Pyskoty and James Collie.

“This was more than volunteering time; this was a labor of love by the carpenters,” says County Commissioner Debbie O’Malley. “These men and women stepped up in a challenging time and helped their neighbors, their community and individuals who are experiencing homelessness will benefit from every nail hammered in the project.”

The union worked during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and leveraged their contractor connections to assist with the project. It’s estimated the Carpenters Local Union 1319, though its volunteer work, saved $125,000 in project cost.

The Tiny Home Village will consist of 30 individual 120 sq. ft. homes and a centrally located common building that includes the kitchen, dining, living area and bathrooms. Each tiny home will have a bed, desk and storage space as well as electricity.

The Tiny Home Village transitional housing project creates a shared-living environment in which residents who have been experiencing homelessness enter the village to begin living again in a home of their own within a safe and secure community.

The project is scheduled for completion and occupancy by year’s end.

Tune in this evening to the Bernalillo County Commission Administrative Meeting to see the Carpenters Local Union 1319 be publicly honored for their work here: https://www.youtube.com/user/BernalilloCounty

Video of Monday’s event with the Carpenters Union can be found at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7qjt7y0icu0rimh/AABMQV-r9v7j50t5rgbBsMSfa?dl=0

Please read this post from PNM. With this extreme heat, we are being asked to conserve energy during the heat of the day...
08/20/2020

Please read this post from PNM. With this extreme heat, we are being asked to conserve energy during the heat of the day. Please run major appliances after 9 pm to avoid outages. Thank you!

As we deal with record-setting heat in the west, energy supplies in the west are limited. Today, with forecasted pockets of cloud cover in New Mexico this afternoon, PNM solar generation could be reduced. Therefore, we are proactively asking customers to help reduce their energy usage by turning up their air conditioning to 78 degrees (or higher) and delay the use of other high energy use appliances (such as your dishwasher, washer, and dryer) until 9 pm or later. These steps will help reduce the strain on our grid in the next few days. Customers can take this step and learn more ways to help reduce energy demand by visiting www.PNM.com/Tips. We are all in this together, and we thank you for your help!

The East Mountain Food Pantry’s mission is to “defeat hunger and define hope”.  Over 600 families across the East Mounta...
08/19/2020

The East Mountain Food Pantry’s mission is to “defeat hunger and define hope”. Over 600 families across the East Mountains use the food pantry each year. This organization is a vital part of our community and I’m proud to support them in their mission.

In 2019 and 2020 I have made it one of my top priorities to contribute to the East Mountain Food Pantry using my District Directed Funding. I cannot be more grateful for the services they provide to our families and I’m honored that they are a part of our community.

To learn more about the East Mountain Food Pantry and all the ways you can help them to end hunger in the East Mountains, please visit https://www.eastmountainfoodpantry.org.

Saranam LLC operates a 2-year housing, education, and community-building program for families experiencing homelessness ...
08/13/2020

Saranam LLC operates a 2-year housing, education, and community-building program for families experiencing homelessness in Albuquerque. Saranam offers a comprehensive range of long-term services to assist families in transitioning beyond homelessness.

I am proud to support Saranam with my District Directed Funding. The contributions they make to the community are invaluable and play an important role in ending homelessness and poverty through housing, education, and supportive communities.

To learn more visit https://saranamabq.org.

08/06/2020
Bernalillo County Clerk's Office

Bernalillo County Clerk's Office

Clerk Linda Stover with a brief message about an absentee application mailer many Bernalillo County voters are receiving this week. #BeTheVote BerncoVotes.org

The mission of Food is Free Albuquerque is the social empowerment through the growing and sharing of fresh food. It is a...
08/06/2020

The mission of Food is Free Albuquerque is the social empowerment through the growing and sharing of fresh food. It is a deeply held value of the organization that fresh food is a human right. The organization, working through a variety of programing, works toward this every day.

When Covid-19 hit, FIFABQ scrambled to continue supporting the community through The Gift of Growing project. Community members can receive home-crafted garden boxes, soil, seeds, and plants. Please click here for more information: https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerque-metro/food-is-free-albuquerque-distributing-free-garden-boxes/ .

Through my district-directed funding, FIFABQ will have the ability to purchase the needed materials for the boxes and allow the organization to double their output.

Visit https://www.fifabq.org/ to learn how to help this terrific organization.

It's a good feeling to help our restaurants thrive - and provide an enjoyable dining experience for our community. Dine ...
08/06/2020
Bernalillo County announces patio grant applications complete

It's a good feeling to help our restaurants thrive - and provide an enjoyable dining experience for our community. Dine safely, my friends!

https://www.krqe.com/health/coronavirus-new-mexico/bernalillo-county-announces-patio-grant-applications-complete/

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Bernalillo County Economic Development Department reports that it has received 39 patio grant applications that were designed to offer gap funding or restaurant…

08/04/2020
East Mountain Food Pantry

East Mountain Food Pantry

This week's donation needs are as follows:

Ramen Noodles
Canned Vegetables
Canned Soup

Thanks in advance for your generosity!

Do your part!  Stay 6ft apart! And WEAR A MASK!
07/29/2020

Do your part! Stay 6ft apart! And WEAR A MASK!

Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains (LFSRM) has provided adoption, foster care, older adult & caregiver, prevention...
07/29/2020

Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains (LFSRM) has provided adoption, foster care, older adult & caregiver, prevention, and refugee services since 1948. They offer help and support to children and families during their most challenging times, regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or age. At LFSRM believes that all people, from the newborn to the most elderly, are valued members of our community.

Lutheran Family Services partners with communities to meet the unmet needs affecting their most vulnerable populations. LFSRM strives to recognize areas in need and to find ways to serve those who have seemingly become invisible. Every day, hundreds of people turn to LFSRM for refuge, help and hope.

I am proud to support Lutheran Family Services in Albuquerque with my District-Directed Funding.

https://www.lfsrm.org/

07/28/2020
Grant Applications for County Restaurants Go Live Tuesday

Bernalillo County restaurants, outside the city limits of Albuquerque, who operate outdoor dining facilities can apply for grants up to $10,000 beginning Tuesday, July 28 at 8 a.m.
This is any restaurant, as long as it is outside of the City of Albuquerque limits.
Restaurants, cafes, wineries, and breweries that are permitted to serve food by the Bernalillo County Environmental Health Department, who are located outside the boundaries of the City of Albuquerque, are eligible to apply for an outdoor dining permit(s), and for corresponding grant awards.

https://www.bernco.gov/economic-development/news.aspx?36e1c5ad1ef44ec7a9dc9af3d70ac07cblogPostId=e96e42245e49496b92896cfc4d819eb1#/BlogContent

Bernalillo County restaurants, outside the city limits of Albuquerque, who operate outdoor dining facilities can apply for grants up to $10,000 beginning Tuesday, July 28 at 8 a.m. This is any rest

Attention Behavioral Health providers! Grant opportunities available now through Bernalillo County. See information belo...
07/27/2020
CARES Grant

Attention Behavioral Health providers! Grant opportunities available now through Bernalillo County. See information below.

Bernalillo County– The Department of Behavioral Health Services opens the application process for behavioral health providers who wish to apply for emergency financial support through the Bernalillo County Behavioral Health Provider CARES Grant. This grant is for qualified behavioral health provid...

Bernalillo County Fire Department
07/27/2020

Bernalillo County Fire Department

For the last 3-Weeks BCFD’s Support Services Division (Peer Support, Chaplin, Wellness, and EMS Captain) have been conducting temperature screening for Bernalillo County. They have been assigned to the Bernalillo County Court Houses. This is a critical role in the fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic. We want to recognize their hard work. Great Job!!! Bernalillo County NM Albuquerque Area Firefighters IAFF Local 244 New Mexico Professional Fire Fighters Association

I stand firmly against any federal or militarized actions that would jeopardize our community.
07/22/2020

I stand firmly against any federal or militarized actions that would jeopardize our community.

Today we highlight ARCA as a recipient of my District Directed Funds (DDF).ARCA helps open doors for individuals with in...
07/22/2020

Today we highlight ARCA as a recipient of my District Directed Funds (DDF).

ARCA helps open doors for individuals with intellectual, developmental and cognitive disabilities to be valued members of the community.

Since 1957, ARCA has provided opportunities for individuals with intellectual, developmental and cognitive disabilities to enjoy great lives. ARCA’s comprehensive, lifelong, community-based services are funded through various resources including Medicaid Waiver, ICF-IDD, Mi-Via, State General Fund, DVR, foundations, corporations and private donors. Services can also be customized and purchased directly by an individual or loved one.

ARCA’s trained health professionals, nutritionists, therapists, social workers, program managers, case workers and exemplary direct support professionals serve over 700 individuals of all ages; including fragile babies and senior citizens.

Visit https://www.arcaopeningdoors.org/ for more information on their organization.

July 17, 2020𝙒𝙝𝙮 𝙄 𝘾𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙎𝙤 𝙈𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝘼𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙎𝙖𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙊𝙪𝙧 𝙀𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙤𝙢𝙮You may have noticed that I have shifted my messaging about stop...
07/17/2020

July 17, 2020

𝙒𝙝𝙮 𝙄 𝘾𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙎𝙤 𝙈𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝘼𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 𝙎𝙖𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙊𝙪𝙧 𝙀𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙤𝙢𝙮

You may have noticed that I have shifted my messaging about stopping the spread of Covid-19 from the health of our community to the health of our economy. I hold a Master’s in Public Health, so a healthy community will always be my top concern. As a Bernalillo County Commissioner, I also know the importance of a healthy economy, as it promotes a healthy community.

Not only does a thriving economy provide opportunities for financial success and personal satisfaction, but the money generated through taxes, fees, and other mechanisms goes to support programs for behavioral health, homelessness, veterans, animal care, the environment, and more. Our Behavioral Health Initiative is supported through only one-eighth percent of Gross Receipts Tax.

We must stop the spread of Covid-19 if we want to get our economy back on track. Wear the mask. Wash your hands. Stay 6’ apart. It’s the only way that we will be able to open our businesses, open our schools, and enjoy the quality of life that we are used to as Americans.

In the coming weeks, I will be featuring the organizations that I have supported with my district-directed funds (DDF). With DDF, Commissioners are able to improve our communities at the grassroots level. Rather than that money going through the bureaucratic channels of government, it goes directly to local employees in local organizations to support local causes. I think you’ll be surprised to see the diversity of the nonprofit organizations that I support!

This can only continue if we have the money. If we don’t do the things to support our economy, then we can’t support our communities. Wear the mask, bring business back. Please.

⚠️FIRE UPDATE⚠️The Ojo de Los Casos Fire is now 100% contained.  Thank you to all of our firefighters and first responde...
07/17/2020
Ojo de los Casos Fire Receives More Rain – Final Update

⚠️FIRE UPDATE⚠️

The Ojo de Los Casos Fire is now 100% contained. Thank you to all of our firefighters and first responders for keeping our community safe.

Location: Manzano Mountains Cause: Human Percent Contained: 100% Date Reported: 7/8/2020 Size: 180 acres Fuel: Ponderosa pine, Slash July 17, 2020 Update Mountainair, NM – For Immediate Release…

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I was wondering who I could talk to regarding the placement of free WiFi hotspot locations? I was thinking that the Whispering Springs Senior Center would be an ideal place for a free WiFi access point. They have a huge parking lot as well as a few outdoor tables and kids from S337 area really do lack any access to WiFi for their online needs.
Do you know why they have not put an early voting site in the East Mountains?
Congratulations! Thank you for all your work for Bernalillo County!
Dear Commissioner Pyskotty: I was shocked and disappointed to learn that you are supporting Republican Lonnie Talbert for BCC Chair when Democrat Debbie O'Malley is ready, willing & supremely well-qualified to assume the position. If you support Talbert, you will be handing him a credential that he can use to bolster his resume should he run for state or national office - which there is no way to know if he will or won't do. What we do know is that his loyalty for 7 years has been to the Republican party, given that he has not changed his affiliation despite his apparent support of some (not all) issues Democrats have pushed. You were elected as part of a Blue Wave sweeping the Country & the State, by people like me who expect you to support fellow qualified Democrats for office. This is particularly important in this case, as Debbie O'Malley has consistently demonstrated her commitment to finding solutions to the homeless crisis plaguing our city - an issue about which I understand you are passionate. I ask that you reconsider your position, act in accordance with your constituents' views and vote for Debbie O'Malley.
Thank you for this evening's community information exchange on Capital Outlay.
Thank you Commissioner for the repaving of the walking path along Frost Road. It is looking fantastic. I am sure all the walkers are thrilled. Thank you again.😀
Singing Arrow Neighborhood is excited to announce that we are the recipient of a $2500 grant from Bernalillo County! Thank you to our Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty and to all of the County Commissioners for making this possible.
Today Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty had the great privilege of welcoming three new citizens to the United States. These amazing military spouses - hailing from Germany, the Philippines and Jamaica - were sworn in as citizens today in a naturalization ceremony held at the Museum of Military Families (MAMF). Commissioner Pyskoty spoke stirring words of how immigrants are what makes America great. It was also a day for cutting ribbons, ushering in a grand opening of the MAMF in Tijeras, NM.
Commissioner Pyskoty, I understand you and the others had to pick a state senator after all: Antionette. Seems to me she is a good choice. Spike