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Constituents Blast AOC: ‘Her Heart Is Not in the Bronx’

"She has to address these local issues. Her district is everywhere else in the US. Her heart is not in the Bronx..."

By NTK Staff | 04.01.2019 @2:30pm
Constituents Blast AOC: ‘Her Heart Is Not in the Bronx’

Rep. ­Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been getting a lot of attention since being sworn in to Congress earlier this year, but her constituents aren’t all that thrilled with their 29-year-old congresswoman, according to a story published in the New York Post over the weekend.

“I thought AOC would be our savior, but that’s not the case,” Roxanne Delgado, a local activist told the Post.

Delgado has reportedly been trying “for months” to get in touch with Ocasio-Cortez about saving an animal shelter and cleaning up parks in the district.

According to the Post, Delgado “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.”

But Delgado has not heard anything from Ocasio-Cortez’s office.

Delgado is not the only constituent who is upset with the lack of representation from Ocasio-Cortez.

“I want AOC or a representative from AOC to be there,” Anthony Vitaliano, a former cop and Community Board 11 member said at a Feb. 28 board meeting according to the Post. “You know, I appreciate what she’s doing, but she has to represent us.”

“She has to address these local issues. Her district is everywhere else in the US. Her heart is not in The Bronx,” Vitaliano told the Post.

This lack of response from Ocasio-Cortez’s office is very different from what constituents received under former Rep. Joe Crowley, according to the Post:

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.

The Post noted that Ocasio-Cortez has yet to open an ­office in the Bronx, which makes “access all the more challenging for her constituents.”

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