1010 WINS Interview: AOC says we need to take 'very bold action' to protect mom and pops, everyday people

Billie Rama
March 18, 2020 - 9:47 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- As coronavirus cases continue to rise in New York City and around the globe, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says we need to take care of "everyday people."

Ocasio-Cortez called in to 1010 WINS on Wednesday talk about coronavirus.

When asked about what New Yorkers' biggest concerns were during the coronavirus outbreak, she said: "Of course on the one hand we have the public health concern, but the second is an economic concern. We really need to take very bold action right now to make sure that we protect our moms and pops, our local restaurants, small businesses and also everyday people: freelancers, hourly workers whose incomes are getting cut back dramatically and in an unprecedented fashion and I believe we need to take a lot of action to pass those folks through."

"What people are dealing with is a liquidity issue," AOC added. "While cutting checks is an important part of an equation, I don't think it's going to help if it's the only action that taken. We need to take a look at mortgage, rent and student loan payment suspension to give people that buffer time."

Ocasio-Cortez also said, "I personally think that it's much more worthwhile for us to bailout our public transportation than the airline industry.... that investment in public infrastructure hasn't happened. I support federal funds to MTA and I personally would like to see the MTA be free or extraordinarily reduced."

Ocasio-Cortez is also holing a workshop Wednesday night to show people how to set up a mutual aid network. She's also encouraging people to just buy what they need and to stop hoarding.

There were 923 confirmed cases of the virus in NYC and 10 deaths. On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that number is expected to reach 1,000.