Believing your own press releases and media hype can have a devastating effect especially if you’re a local freshmen legislator like AOC — whose constituents expected her to be accountable to them rather then playing to a national audience and abandoning the people who elected her.
Roxanne Delgado, a local activist in AOC’s 14th congressional district, has been trying for months to get in touch with the elusive congresswoman for help saving an animal shelter and to clean up parks within the district. “I thought AOC would be our savior, but that’s not the case,” says Delgado
The 40-year old neighborhood activist says she’s made numerous calls to AOC’s offices in Washington and Queens and has sent a barrage of tweets after the freshman lawmaker encouraged residents (during a recent publicized visit to a Bronx public library) to contact her on social media anytime — she’ll always respond.
Delgado has done just that countless times, to no avail.
“NO email or contact on @AOC’s page except DC number which has full #voicemail and no one picks up,” Delgado tweeted on Monday.
The New York Post also attempted to contact AOC’s office both in Washington and Queens, each time the newspaper attempted to leave phone messages; however, the recordings at both locations simply gave AOC’s website, while not allowing the caller to leave a message…which runs completely counter in principle of what’s expected of lawmakers.
In another incident, the AWOL lawmaker was unavailable to, meet with community leaders last month for a sit-down with post-office officials to discuss and sort out difficulties regarding issues constituents are having with mail delivery.
Anthony Vitaliano, a former cop and Community Board 11 member, said, “I want AOC or a representative from AOC to be there.”
The 78-year old also wanted AOC to pressure Amtrak to clean up graffiti on Tremont Avenue.
“You know, I appreciate what she’s doing, but she has to represent us,” Vitaliano told the board members. He reminded those in attendance that other local elected officials from the city and state send their representatives if they themselves cannot attend, however not AOC. To date not one staff, member has attended a meeting or function that directly impacts her 14th district.
Quite a contrast from the Crowley era, Vitaliano acknowledged that residents in the Bronx neighborhood received much more attention under Rep. Joe Crowley, whom Ocasio-Cortez unseated in a surprise primary upset last year.
Thomas Messina, a representative for the once powerful Democratic Congressman regularly attended community board meetings, according to Vitaliano.
“Tommy cared about us,” Vitaliano said.
As for the problem with the post office AOC tweeted out that mail deliveries should have been improved, however Vitaliano said he was still experiencing problems and waiting for her office to arrange a meeting with post-office management.
A similar promise by a Bronx community rep. for AOC, to contact Amtrak regarding the graffiti at their Tremont Avenue stop, has thus far proved unsuccessful, if anything the graffiti is more of an eyesore then before.
Perhaps the only bright spot for Bronx residents living within the 14th congressional district was the animal-shelter that local activist Delgado was hoping to have the 29-year old lawmaker engaged in. The shelter was indeed spared, however not from anything AOC did, but rather from the City Council and the mayor’s office.
It would appear that AOC isn’t interested in improving living conditions within her own district, in that she a yet to open an office within her district, stating that she’s having a hard time finding a suitable space, which leaves me to wonder has she ever lived in the 14th District?
Moreover while the junior legislator plays politics on the national stage, those individuals who put her there, are beginning to figure out they’ve been used by the young socialist, whose blind ambition for national recognition through her bogus ‘Green New Deal” proposal, does nothing for her constituents in the Bronx looking for real solutions within their district