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Poor people not allowed in AOC's luxury apartment complex

Poor people not allowed in AOC's luxury apartment complex

Postby smix » Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:07 pm

Poor people not allowed in AOC's luxury apartment complex
Washington Examiner

URL: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/poli ... nt-complex
Category: Politics
Published: February 19, 2019

Description: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., recently moved into a luxury apartment complex in Washington, D.C. that does not offer the affordable housing units that were a key plank in the New York congresswoman’s campaign platform. Ocasio-Cortez, 29, who said in November that she was concerned about being able to afford rent in D.C., now earns a $174,000 annual salary and is living in a newly built high-rise in the city’s Navy Yard area, the Washington Free Beacon reported last week. The freshman congresswoman, a self-described socialist, campaigned on a platform to expand affordable housing, and her controversial Green New Deal proposal promises “Safe, affordable, adequate housing” for all. But Ocasio-Cortez’s new building — built by leading D.C. developer WC Smith — is part of a luxury complex whose owners specifically do not offer affordable units under Washington, D.C.’s Affordable Dwelling Units program. The Washington Examiner is not naming the building or complex. In 2018, a civil rights attorney sued the Washington, D.C. government for allegedly discriminatory gentrification policies, claiming that development in Navy Yard area and other parts of southeast D.C. encouraged an influx of affluent “millennial creatives” who displaced minority residents. Ocasio-Cortez, commonly referred to as "AOC," repeatedly criticized luxury real estate developers during her campaign, claiming that their buildings hiked up rent prices and pushed low-income residents out of their neighborhoods.

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“We need to kick luxury real estate lobbyists to the curb and defend working people’s way of life,” Ocasio-Cortez said last March. “Skyrocketing cost of living is a national crisis that CAN be addressed. It’s not just an NYC issue - it’s happening in every US metro area.” Ocasio-Cortez also promised not to take campaign contributions from luxury developers during her campaign. “It’s time we stand up to the luxury developer lobby,” she said in a speech last April. “Every official is too scared to do it - except me.” Her new apartment complex — which boasts on its website that it vows to take "luxury apartment living" to a higher level — offers over 100,000 square feet of amenities for its residents. These include: two private massage rooms with state-of-the-art hydrotherapy beds; men’s and women’s saunas; a full-scale demonstration kitchen with wood-fired pizza oven; a 25-meter indoor lap pool; a rooftop infinity pool with panoramic views of the Capitol; a Peloton cycling studio with over a dozen bikes; and a fireside lounge featuring a Steinway & Sons player piano. Also included is a PGA-grade golf simulation lounge with a wrap-around screen and viewing bar that allows residents to play virtually at dozens of the world’s most exclusive golf courses with the touch of a button. Last week, Democrats mocked President Trump for installing a new golf simulator at the White House — updating with his own money one originally installed by former President Barack Obama. Apartments in the building currently start at $1,840 per month for a 440 square foot studio, and range up to $5,200 for a three-bedroom. The average rent in Washington D.C. is $1,340 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,550 for a two-bedroom, according to the most recent data from Apartment List. W. Christopher Smith, 66, the Annapolis-based CEO of WC Smith, is a Democratic donor who contributed to Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and the Senate campaigns of Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-M.D., Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA., and Jane Raybould, who lost a 2018 Senate race in Nebraska. Smith donated to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., in 2017, and 11 employees of WC Smith gave $6,900 to the campaign of Muriel Bower, the Democratic mayor of D.C. In 2018, WC Smith's vice-president of communications Ann-Marie Bairstow gave over $1300 to Act Blue earmarked in small amounts — $100 or less — for various candidates, including $50 to Ocasio-Cortez.
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Ocasio-Cortez Living in Luxury Navy Yard Apartment Building

Postby smix » Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:12 pm

Ocasio-Cortez Living in Luxury Navy Yard Apartment Building
Washington Free Beacon

URL: https://freebeacon.com/politics/ocasio- ... -building/
Category: Politics
Published: February 13, 2019

Description: Democratic socialist had publicly worried about whether she could afford rent
After fretting about whether she'd be able to afford rent, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) has moved into a luxury apartment building in the District of Columbia's Navy Yard neighborhood, the Washington Free Beacon has learned. Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, got a big raise with her election to Congress, a job that comes with a $174,000 annual salary. She told the New York Times she was concerned about how she would get an apartment before that salary kicked in. She ended up moving into a luxury apartment building with a wide array of amenities where rent for even a studio apartment exceeds $2,000 a month. The Washington Free Beacon is not disclosing the exact building Ocasio-Cortez lives in due to safety concerns expressed by her office. Her office pushed back against the notion that it was hypocritical for Ocasio-Cortez, who has made housing affordability one of her top policy concerns, to move into a luxury building. A spokesman pointed out that her office also uses a car with an "internal combustion engine that runs on fossil fuels," even though she thinks their use should be eliminated. Many sympathized with Ocasio-Cortez's stated difficulty with finding an apartment in D.C., where rents have been on the rise in recent years. Affording a second residence in the capital has proven to be a challenge for lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, with some choosing to live together with colleagues or to bunk up in their congressional office as cost-saving measures. Ocasio-Cortez's home district residence is a Bronx apartment that was purchased in 1986 by her father, who died from cancer in 2008. She has lived there with her partner since graduating from Boston University in 2011, she has said. City records show the mortgage on the Bronx apartment was satisfied in June 2007, leaving her only responsible for monthly contributions to home-owner association fees and property taxes, which an office spokesperson says were between $750 and $1,000 a month. Ocasio-Cortez's living situation was frequently misrepresented during her successful campaign focused on being relatable to the "working-class struggles" of fellow New Yorkers, with reports falsely indicating that the family had to "fight off foreclosure" on the Bronx apartment. "In 2008, Ocasio-Cortez's father passed away from cancer when he was just 48," wrote CNBC. "In order to help fight off foreclosure on her family's apartment in the Bronx, Ocasio-Cortez took on several jobs in restaurants—often working 18-hour shifts." The confusion was caused by Ocasio-Cortez, who avoided mentioning, before it was revealed by the Daily Mail, that her father had purchased a second residence—a three-bedroom home about 30 miles north of New York City in Westchester—where she moved as a young child. Three days before the Daily Mail report, Ocasio-Cortez had made it seem in an interview with The Intercept that the Westchester home her mother lived in was in New York City. "With my family we sold my childhood home," Ocasio-Cortez said. "My mother was forced to move to Florida because she could no longer afford to live in New York City, remain in New York City." Financial disclosure forms show that her only outstanding liability is student loan debt between $15,001 and $50,000. Ocasio-Cortez's new Navy Yard stomping ground was recently named "one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world." It has been described as the go-to place to both live and socialize for Trump staffers.
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Where in the world does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez live?

Postby smix » Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:46 am

Where in the world does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez live?
New York Post

URL: https://nypost.com/2019/02/23/alexandri ... ronx-home/
Category: Politics
Published: February 23, 2019

Description: She may be America’s most famous freshman congresswoman, but in New York, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a virtual ghost. She has no district office and no local phone number, unlike the state’s three other freshman members. And it’s unclear whether the 29-year-old lawmaker, who represents the Bronx and Queens, actually still lives in the Parkchester neighborhood that has been so closely tied to her rise — even though she won her upset victory over fellow Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley with accusations that his home in Virginia made him too Washington-focused to serve his district. Ocasio-Cortez has used her deceased father’s Bronx condo on her voter registration since 2012, and even posed in the one-bedroom Bronx flat for celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz in a Vogue magazine profile after her stunning November election. But The Post could find little indication she continues to live there. The Post e-mailed the Ocasio-Cortez’ spokesman, Corbin Trent, four times with specific questions — they were all ignored. On Saturday, The Post reached Corbin by phone. “We will not be commenting,” he said. Among the queries he refused to answer: Where does the congresswoman live? On Saturday night, a staffer promised a Post reporter that Ocasio-Cortez would talk to him after a speaking event in Corona. During the event, two staffers were seen reading an early edition of this story on their phones. “Come downstairs, I have to take a picture quick,” the congresswoman then told the reporter after the event, instructing him to wait for her. Twenty minutes later, she ducked out a back door, jumped into a chauffeured SUV, and zoomed off. Ocasio-Cortez was in New York City last weekend and this weekend, with appearances in Queens on both Saturdays — yet she was not seen coming or going from her Parkchester pad either day. Her apartment’s next-door neighbor said she had never seen Ocasio-Cortez. Another neighbor, who has lived down the hall from the congresswoman’s apartment for the last 40 years, said he’d never seen her or her boyfriend, Riley Roberts, who has claimed the address as his own since last spring. “I would have remembered,” said the neighbor when shown a photograph of Ocasio-Cortez. Workers at Jerry’s Pizzeria, less than a block from her building, and at the local grocery store said she had never patronized their businesses — and a server at a nearby taqueria said the congresswoman had only come in to be filmed by news crews. A postal worker who delivers mail to the building said that in the last 10 years he has only seen Ocasio-Cortez intermittently, and that several months’ worth of mail regularly accumulates in the mailbox before anyone bothers to collect it. The worker said that Ocasio-Cortez and Roberts were the only ones getting mail at the address. “Just because their names are on the box doesn’t mean they live there,” he said. And in 2017, when Ocasio-Cortez first filed paperwork to become a congressional candidate, she didn’t even know what district she lived in, mistakenly declaring plans to run for neighboring District 15 before correcting the error days later. Meanwhile, in Washington, Ocasio-Cortez has rented a pad in a luxe building in the chic Navy Yard neighborhood, where studios start at $1,840 a month, according to the Washington Examiner. Her new digs feature gold-plated amenities like a rooftop infinity pool, a cycling studio with a dozen pricey Pelotons, men’s and women’s saunas, and a golf simulation lounge — but no affordable units for low-income residents, in spite of a local law that requires them, the news site reported. In the eight months since Ocasio-Cortez’s dramatic defeat of the long-serving Crowley in June’s Democratic primary — a victory that all but guaranteed a general election win in the heavily Democratic District 14 — the congresswoman has failed to open a local office. Ocasio-Cortez has made four trips to the city since she was inducted to Congress on Jan. 3, according to a Post review of published reports and social media. Those excursions featured five public events in her district — and three high-profile Manhattan appearances, including a Jan. 21 guest slot on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” A district office “makes government immediately responsible and accountable to the citizens,” said Jadan Horyn of Reclaim New York, a government watchdog group. “Constituents need to know their representatives are working for them, and not for national prominence.” The space slated for Ocasio-Cortez’s constituent office is in a new building in Jackson Heights. Suites in the building at 74-09 37th Avenue rent for about $40 per square foot. Ocasio-Cortez’s office, on the third floor, is just under 5,000 square feet, which would bring the annual undiscounted rental price to $200,000 or nearly $17,000 a month. In January, Ocasio-Cortez sought to blame the delay on a stubborn landlord at a different building where her predecessor Crowley maintained one of his two district offices. “Although we attempted to take over our predecessor’s lease, the landlord wanted to almost double rent” from $7,800 to $15,000 per month, she tweeted Jan. 22 — without specifying which of Crowley’s spaces she had hoped to inherit. “That spike would have meant less caseworkers for our community,” she posted. “Instead, we’re making a new space with a family business!” But Ocasio-Cortez neglected to mention that her rent would end up likely topping the cost of Crowley’s former digs. When The Post visited last week, the congresswoman’s office was still under construction, with workers building interior walls and installing drywall. A carpenter there said the work would probably take several more weeks to complete. A staffer said at a community board meeting that it would open March 4. It’s unknown if taxpayers or the landlord is paying for the extensive renovations. A spokesman for Cow Bay Contracting, the Nassau County construction company working on the office space, refused comment. Ocasio-Cortez’s office refused to answer the question. In the absence of a district office, and with no way to contact the rookie congresswoman, voters have resorted to desperate measures. “Constituents come here and leave notes on the door,” said the postal worker at her Parkchester apartment building last weekend. “But it’s a waste of time.”



Mystery solved: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez covers tracks in address debacle
New York Post

URL: https://nypost.com/2019/02/24/mystery-s ... s-debacle/
Category: Politics
Published: February 24, 2019

Description: US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez scrambled Sunday to explain why neighbors at her listed Bronx address never saw her there — and ended up claiming she recently relocated to a larger place nearby. The day after The Post reported that residents said they had never seen her around — and she ducked questions about it after an appearance — her spokesman said the Democratic freshman congresswoman now lives with her boyfriend in a two-bedroom apartment “a block and a half away.’’ The pair relocated there earlier this month, he said. “She lives in the same neighborhood she’s lived in for years,” said the spokesman, Corbin Trent. “She is not living in the exact same condo.’’ The recent move still didn’t explain why residents at her previous digs — a one-bedroom Bronx condo owned by her mom — insisted they had never seen her there. US reps and senators are required to have a residence in their home districts. Trent claimed that Ocasio-Cortez, 29, was at her new home Sunday afternoon, although he wouldn’t identify the address. Ocasio-Cortez, a former bartender-turned-progressive pacesetter, literally ducked questions about her residence after an appearance Saturday in Queens. She told The Post to wait for her to pose for a photograph — then slipped out a back door and into a waiting SUV. Ocasio-Cortez previously claimed that she has lived since 2011 in a mortgage-free, fourth-floor condo in Parkchester, which according to records was bought by her late dad, Sergio Ocasio, who died in 2008. After The Post reported a next-door neighbor and another fourth-floor resident saying they have never seen the self-proclaimed socialist living there, Trent denied the residents’ claims, saying her family’s apartment “was home, period, for her,’’ according to the Daily Mail. “That’s where she gets her energy, her drive. She not only lives there, that’s where her heart’s at, period,” Trent told the Mail, which added that he was talking about the family’s condo.

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Yet even a third resident of the fourth floor there, who gave her name as Ms. Gonazales, told The Post on Sunday that she had never seen Ocasio-Cortez there. Later in the day, Trent then claimed to The Post that the Mail got it wrong and that his comments to the site had been referring to The Bronx in general. Still, asked if he had been misquoted, Trent would only say the Mail might have been “mistaken.’’ He did not respond to a question about whether he would ask for a retraction. Trent said he was “uncertain” if his boss has changed her address on her voter registration form. Ocasio-Cortez made headlines in November when she claimed she couldn’t afford an apartment in Washington, DC, after her unexpected primary victory over 10-term incumbent Joseph Crowley because she wasn’t yet drawing her $174,000-a-year congressional salary. Earlier this month, the Washington Free Beacon revealed that Ocasio -Cortez had moved into a luxury apartment building in DC’s Navy Yard neighborhood. Trent said Ocasio-Cortez was no longer short of cash because “she has been paid now,” and that she and Roberts “are able to manage” the costs of maintaining two homes.
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