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Socialist Ocasio-Cortez Claims She’s From The Bronx But New Information Shows Where She Really Grew Up

Newly-revealed information about the background of Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls into question claims that she has made about where she grew up. She has regularly claimed to be someone who had a hard life growing up in the Bronx.

The Daily Mail reports:

Though Ocasio-Cortez, 28, was born in and currently lives in the Bronx, county land records show her late father Sergio Cortez-Roman bought a quaint three-bedroom in Yorktown Heights, New York in 1991, when she was about two.

The Mail notes that the newly-revealed information is in apparent contradiction to Ocasio-Cortez’s biography on her campaign page, which says:

The state of Bronx public schools in the late 80s and early 90s sent her parents on a search for a solution. She ended up attending public school 40 minutes north in Yorktown, and much of her life was defined by the 40 minute commute between school and her family in the Bronx.

Ocasio-Cortez, who did not respond to questions from The Mail, conveniently did not mention in her bio that her family moved from Parkchester to Westchester County when she was five years old.

The Mail further notes that the median annual income of Westchester County, $116,741, is approximately two and a half times higher than the median annual income of Parkchester, $48,315.​