The Latest: Gov apologizes for staff's holiday party conduct

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Posted: Dec 18, 2015 9:12 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Here's the latest about Gov. Susana Martinez's involvement in a noise complaint during a holiday party (all times local):

8:15 p.m.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is apologizing for her staff's conduct at her annual holiday party at a downtown Santa Fe hotel.

A noise complaint resulted in police responding to one of her staffer's rooms.

In a statement Friday night, Martinez says someone threw snowballs from a hotel balcony and says that behavior is unacceptable.

Martinez also says she made a mistake by speaking to the hotel receptionist and asking about the noise complaint.

The governor says she shouldn't have gotten involved in trying to resolve the situation and she should have handled it differently.

3:25 p.m.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she was holding her annual staff holiday party at a downtown Santa Fe hotel when a noise complaint resulted in police responding to one of her staffer's rooms.

The governor's office said Friday that Martinez and staff helped clean up the hotel ballroom following last weekend's party and retired to the room to eat pizza with several other guests.

Spokesman Chris Sanchez says unbeknownst to the governor, there had been complaints about noise and someone throwing what turned out to be snowballs from the balcony of that room earlier in the night.

In police dispatch tapes, the governor can be heard saying there was no need to send officers to the hotel. She also demanded to know who lodged the complaint.

Sanchez says the governor regrets the way she and her staff handled the situation.