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Congresswoman's Campaign Fined for Lapsed Comp

Monday, January 14, 2019 | 357 | 0 | 30 min read

The campaign for U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, paid a $1,500 fine for lapsed workers' compensation coverage last spring.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman to serve in Congress, is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party and a champion of workers' rights. She was elected in an upset victory over longtime Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary.

Her campaign failed to carry comp on its employees for a month, resulting in a fine by the state Workers' Compensation Board, according to several news reports.

"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," Melissa Stewart, spokeswoman for the board, said in a statement.

The New York State Workers' Compensation Board's website also shows that Ocasio-Cortez's campaign carried two other comp policies with the State Insurance Fund. One of them was added in May and canceled in August, and one has been in effect since September.

Republicans quoted in local news reports were quick to complain about the apparent hypocrisy, and a Democrat agreed that the oversight did not look good. A spokesman for the campaign told the New York Daily News that the campaign had nothing to say.

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