Socialist Ocasio-Cortez spent formative years in one of America’s wealthiest counties

Socialist Ocasio-Cortez spent formative years in one of America’s wealthiest counties
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Image: CNN video screen grab)

[Ed. – What a surprise: the tale of youthful poverty has a major addendum.  As with so many socialist activists, it appears her background was not down-for-the-people poor, but professional middle-class.]

Around the age of five, Alexandria’s architect father Sergio Ocasio moved the family from the “planned community” of Parkchester in the Bronx to a home in Yorktown Heights, a wealthy suburb in Westchester County. The New York Times describes her childhood home as “a modest two-bedroom house on a quiet street.” In a 1999 profile of the area, when Ocasio-Cortez would have been ten years old, the Times lauded Yorktown Heights’ “diversity of housing in a scenic setting” – complete with two golf courses. …

Westchester County – which the Washington Post, in a glowing profile on Ocasio-Cortez, describes as only “middle class” – ranks #8 in the nation for the counties with the “highest average incomes among the wealthiest one percent of residents.” According to the Economic Policy Institute, the county’s average annual income of the top one percent is a staggering $4,326,049.

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