Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused Gov. Andrew Cuomo of exacerbating racial and sophistication divides by suspending mortgage funds in the course of the coronavirus pandemic however not extending the identical moratorium to renters.
“When you known as for a suspension or moratorium on mortgage funds, then we also needs to name for that very same remedy on hire funds,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned Tuesday on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Present.”
“We’re sort of creating a category and race challenge. We’re primarily rewarding and providing preferential remedy to landowners and people who’re extra rich, and we’re not providing that very same sort of aid to renters.”
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The liberal pol who represents hard-hit Bronx and Queens has been calling for a freeze on hire funds and warning that a whole bunch of 1000’s of individuals are going to overlook their hire funds April 1, setting off an financial downward spiral that may hit the banking trade.
In addressing the financial fallout of the novel coronavirus, Cuomo already issued a 90-day suspension on mortgage funds. He did not droop hire funds, nonetheless, however as a substitute supplied a suspension on evictions for 90 days, although renters will nonetheless be on the hook for missed funds.
“I believe our coverage solutions it,” Cuomo mentioned Monday. “You can’t be evicted for non-payment of hire. It is not that you just will not owe hire at one time, proper, since you signed a contract. Even the individuals to whom you pay the hire must pay the hire, proper, and so they have bills. So, no evictions for nonpayment of hire after which we’ll see the place we’re and we’ll see how lengthy this goes on.”
However Ocasio-Cortez mentioned the governor does not go far sufficient. She framed her remarks within the context of wealth and race disparities which were uncovered in the course of the COVID-19 response.
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“There’s completely … racial and sophistication inequities baked into the disaster,” she instructed WNYC. “If you’ll be able to keep house. You’re a privileged particular person on this second.”
She mentioned the important staff who cannot keep house — the supply drivers, grocery retailer staff and meals preparers — “are overwhelmingly lower-income. They’re black. They’re brown… and they nonetheless must pay hire tomorrow.”
Ocasio-Cortez additionally accused President Trump of not embracing science, failing to safe nationwide emergency provides and transferring too slowly.
“Individuals aren’t simply dying of coronavirus. They’re dying of incompetence,” Ocasio-Cortez mentioned. “…And so this is not only a viral pandemic, it’s a pandemic of an absence of management.”