Things are getting heated between New York politicians.
On Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chewed out Gov. Andrew Cuomo for not suspending rent payments, only mortgage payments.
She claimed that it’s “a class and race issue.”
“If you called for a suspension or moratorium on mortgage payments, then we should also call for that same treatment on rent payments,” Ocasio-Cortez told WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show. “We’re kind of creating a class and race issue. We’re essentially rewarding and offering preferential treatment to landowners and folks who are more wealthy, and we’re not offering that same kind of relief to renters.”
Last month, Cuomo said the move to suspend mortgages and foreclosures was “bold but necessary,” adding that it would be a “real-life economic benefit and be a stress reliever for many families.”
“We’re not exempting people from the mortgage payments. We’re just adjusting the mortgage to include those payments on the back end,” Cuomo said.
However, Ocasio-Cortez pulled out the race card and said that both “racial and class inequities baked into the crisis.”
“If you are able to stay home, you are a privileged person in this moment,” she said, adding that those required to continue working outside of their homes “are overwhelmingly lower-income. They’re black. They’re brown … and they still have to pay rent tomorrow.”