WATCH: Ocasio-Cortez says ‘They Had To Amend The Constitution To Make Sure FDR Didn’t Get Re-Elected’
It’s the end of March.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been in office for three months.
But it sounds like her district is already tired of her, according to the New York Post.
While she’s been grabbing the national media, appearing on magazine covers and pushing her Green New Deal to save the world from imploding in 12 years, she appears to have forgotten about her real job – serving her constituents in the Bronx and Queens in the 14th District.
From NY Post:
“I thought AOC would be our savior, but that’s not the case,” complained Roxanne Delgado, a local activist who said she has tried for months to get in touch with the congresswoman for help saving an animal shelter and to clean up parks in the district.
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Delgado, 40, says she has made numerous calls to Ocasio-Cortez’s offices in Washington and Queens and sent a barrage of tweets after the freshman lawmaker encouraged residents during a recent visit to a Bronx public library to hit her up on social media.
No soap. No response. Delgado tweeted that she didn’t even get an email back and that when she calls the D.C. number, the voicemail is full and no one picks up.
The Post checked on that and found the same problem that calling the D.C. and Queens offices listed on Ocasio-Cortez’s website doesn’t allow one to leave a message. You can fill out a form on the website to request a meeting.
Meanwhile the Delgado got help from the City Council and the Mayor’s office to save the animal shelter.
Another Bronx constituent, Anthony Vitaliano, a former police officer and community board member, laid out some more gripes that constituents had with her at a community meeting last month. He detailed problems they were having with the mail delivery and graffiti on Amtrak property that was not being addressed.
Other representatives from the city and the state were at the meeting. But Ocasio-Cortez had no representatives at the meeting.
“I want AOC or a representative from AOC to be there,” he said. “You know, I appreciate what she’s doing, but she has to represent us,” he said.
Vitaliano told The Post: “She has to address these local issues. Her district is everywhere else in the US. Her heart is not in The Bronx.”
By contrast, he said, residents’ needs received much more attention under Rep. Joe Crowley, whom Ocasio-Cortez unseated in a surprise primary upset last year.
The longtime congressman’s Bronx district representative, Thomas Messina, regularly attended community board meetings, according to Vitaliano.
“Tommy cared about us,” Vitaliano said.
Ocasio-Cortez has tweeted claiming that mail delivery has improved, but Vitaliano said he’s still having issues and is still waiting for a meeting. And while a representative from her office has visited the graffiti site, Vitaliano said, nothing has been fixed.
One of the problems that folks in the Bronx are having a tough time reaching her is that ‘Alex from the Bronx’ doesn’t have an office in the Bronx.
Her representative, Naureen Akhter, told a community meeting in January that they were having trouble finding space and asked people to tell them of “any leads.”
She won by selling herself as the person who would care more than Crowley.
But if she doesn’t pay attention, someone is going to use that same argument on her and she may be out.