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Ocasio-Cortez's campaign paid $1,500 fine to NY state

January 11, 2019 - 5:33 pm
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- The campaign of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been fined $1,500 for not having the required workers' compensation for a month last year.

A spokeswoman for the New York state Workers' Compensation Board, Melissa Stewart, said Friday that Ocasio-Cortez's Democratic campaign lacked coverage from March 31 to April 30.

She says the fine, first reported by the New York Daily News, has been paid.

Stewart says the coverage is ``vital to ensuring workers are protected for on-the-job injuries.''

The 29-year-old Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist, made bettering the lives of working people and the poor in her Queens-Bronx district a key component of her successful campaign to upset longtime incumbent Joseph Crowley in the 2018 Democratic primary.

A message left with her Washington office wasn't returned.