“I thought AOC would be our savior, but that’s not the case.”
Constituents from New York’s 14th congressional district, served by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., complain that, while the Bronx-born Democrat is certainly active when it comes to dealing with national and global issues, such as climate change or racism, she’s not doing much to take care of the problems popping up in her own backyard.
A scathing New York Post report published over the weekend featured interviews with several fed-up residents living in the freshman congresswoman’s district.
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“I thought AOC would be our savior, but that’s not the case,” Roxanne Delgado told the Post. The local activist said she’s been trying to get Ocasio-Cortez to do something about an animal shelter in danger of closing down and the grimy state of public parks in the district. So far Delgado has had no luck receiving a response from Ocasio-Cortez through the various avenues – email, social media and phone – she’s tried to reach the Democrat party darling.
The Post’s attempts to get someone at Ocasio-Cortez’s Queens and Washingtons offices to pick up the phone were also fruitless, noting that a recording at both numbers directs callers to her website.
Former police officer Anthony Vitaliano, 78, is another resident who thinks Ocasio-Cortez isn’t paying enough attention to her district. “I want AOC or a representative from AOC to be there,” Vitaliano said during a board meeting last month.
The congresswoman’s fellow New York City elected officials from the city and state sent staffers to the Feb. 28 board meeting. Ocasio-Cortez’s office sent no one.
Vitaliano told the Post that Ocasio-Cortez needs to “address these local issues.”
“Her district is everywhere else in the U.S. Her heart is not in The Bronx,” he added.
Many issues that Ocasio-Cortez has made nods to alleviating remain unresolved. A graffiti site visited by a representative of Ocasio-Cortez hasn’t been cleaned up. The congresswoman has yet to open an office in the Bronx, which would make her more accessible to her constituents. The Bronx mail problems she highlighted in a Mar. 1 tweet continue to plague residents, according to what Vitaliano told the Post.
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Ocasio-Cortez has spent much of her political energy attempting to lobby support and public sympathy for her ambitious and controversial Green New Deal, which recently failed to pass the Senate in a 57-o vote. Not only is the problem – climate change – Ocasio-Cortez is attempting to solve with her Green New Deal proposal not a local issue. It’s global.
Meanwhile, her skyrocketing public profile has been a subject of fiery debate. Many liberals and Ocasio-Cortez supporters have accused the right of being “obsessed” with the congresswoman. On the other hand, conservatives have countered by saying that it is national media outlets that are obsessed with the Democrat star and their commentary is simply a reaction to that phenomenon.
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- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.: Screen grab