REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – After taking oath as Mayor of this border city, Maki Ortiz Dominguez made a commitment to work with honesty and responsibility.

At the same time, she announced the actions she will launch during the first days of her government.

She said the city will continue working with federal forces, and said she will provide all the necessary support to bring back the security order to town.

“We will work hand-on-hand with the state and federal strategy to fight against the insecurity, but we will neither bargain the support we can get,” she said. “We thank our army forces, the soldiers, navy officers, police agents, for all their hard work in Reynosa and Tamaulipas.”

Her first actions as Mayor will be creating a youth integral attention center. Through this center the residents will receive services such as education, health and development services, along with an space to meet and chat about their problems and dreams.

It will be along with the Health Department that a medical emergency regulator center will open, with ambulances well equipped to service the residents.

Ortiz Dominguez thanked the citizens of Reynosa for their vote and trust. She is the first woman mayor of this “the biggest city of Tamaulipas, who also has many problems.”

“Reynosa lives a time that requires comprehensive solutions. We are a city of contrasts, with the biggest number of residents, we are the third most important border crossing in our country, and the second in our state for import/export,” she said.

Ortiz Dominguez accepted Reynosa needs to work hard to make it more competitive and secure. For example, she said Reynosa has a public service deficit with more than 41 percent in water leaks and 45 percent of families do not pay for utility services.

“We are behind in pavement works, street lighting, and recreation areas, which takes us to a higher insecurity levels,” she added.

Ortiz Dominguez also mentioned what is good about the city. She said it has the biggest economic development, and the lowest unemployment level in Tamaulipas. Sixty-six percent of the employees in the state are in Reynosa.

Last, she made a commitment to have a more efficient use of the budget, lobby for funds in different places, and implement strategies to solve what the city has fallen behind.

Editor’s Note: This story first appeared in the Rio Grande Guardian in Spanish. It has been translated into English by Rio Grande Guardian editor and reporter Melva Lavín-Castillo. Click here to read the original posting.