- Associated Press - Monday, August 3, 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The city of Albuquerque should ask a councilor to repay $4,000 back to the city of a trip to three East Coast cities, the New Mexico’s state auditor said Friday.

The Albuquerque Journal reports State Auditor Brian Colón said his office’s review of a 14-day trip by City Councilor Klarissa Peña found extra costs that violate city policies on reimbursements.

The review came after Pena traveled in June to Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington to attend a conference for city council presidents in Philadelphia.

Records show Pena billed the city $3,290 for train tickets and another $2,082 for hotels.

Pena told KOAT-TV she took a train because she’s afraid of planes.

She also took her husband and two grandchildren and defended the move since she said the family rarely travels.

In a statement, Peña said she is committed to repaying the city and wants the city to look into its travel policies.

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