Ocaz team hit for work­ers’ comp fum­ble

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY KEN­NETH LOVETT

AL­BANY – The cam­paign for new Rep. Alexan­dria Oca­sioCortez, who has made help­ing the work­ing class and poor her top pri­or­ity, was fined by the state for not car­ry­ing work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion cover­age for a month last year.

“The em­ployer did not have the re­quired work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion cover­age from March 31, 2018, to April 30, 2018, and was is­sued a fi­nal penalty of $1,500, which was paid,” state Work­ers Com­pen­sa­tion Board spokes­woman Melissa Ste­wart said. “This cover­age is vi­tal to en­sur­ing work­ers are pro­tected for on-the-job in­juries.”

Oca­sio-Cortez (photo), a Demo­cratic So­cial­ist, stunned the po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment last year when she de­feated Rep. Joseph Crow­ley, a long­time Queens power­bro­ker, in the Demo­cratic pri­mary. She went on to cruise to elec­tion in Novem­ber.

Her spokesman said she had noth­ing to add.

One Demo­cratic cam­paign veteran scoffed that “it’s not a great look” for Oca­sio-Cortez that her cam­paign re­ceived a fine for not car­ry­ing work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion cover­age.

“This is ba­sic stuff, es­pe­cially if you hold your­self out to be the cham­pion of work­ers,” the Dem said.

State Repub­li­cans were chortling over the fine.

“Hypocrisy at its finest,” said state GOP spokes­woman Jes­sica Proud. “The so-called cham­pion of work­ers, when given her own re­spon­si­bil­ity, is not fol­low­ing the law. It’s un­be­liev­able.”

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