4.3.19

Ocasio-Cortez leaves parade in 17-mpg minivan — blocks from the subway

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She’s addicted to Uber.

Just hours after The Post exposed her penchant for riding in gas-guzzling private vehicles, US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made her getaway from a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Queens in a for-hire minivan Sunday.

The leading advocate for the proposed “Green New Deal” was less than four blocks from a Queens subway station when she hopped into a white Chrysler Town & Country with livery plates around 1:20 p.m.


The 2016 model of the since-discontinued vehicle gets an average of just 17 mpg in the city, according to the US Department of Energy.

Ocasio-Cortez’s chauffeured ride followed her participation in the 20th annual “St. Pat’s for All” parade through Sunnyside and Woodside.

Despite getting a hero’s welcome at the inclusive march, she ducked out before the end and got picked up, along with two aides, at 48th Street and Skillman Avenue.

The intersection is a mere five-minute walk from the 7 train’s 46th Street-Bliss Street station.

Ocasio-Cortez’s spokesman, Corbin Trent, wouldn’t say where she was going, or why she didn’t take the far more green option of mass transit.

But if she was headed to her Parkchester neighborhood in the Bronx, the minivan traded a more intrusive carbon footprint for a savings of a good 30 minutes in travel time that would have included two subway transfers, according to online estimates.

Earlier, Ocasio-Cortez (D-Bronx, Queens) fired off a series of defensive tweets attacking The Post for revealing that her campaign spent nearly $30,000 on more than 1,050 rides in Ubers, taxis and other for-hire vehicles.

By contrast, her campaign spent about $12,000 on 53 MetroCards and 18 trips on Amtrak, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.

“Living in the world as it is isn’t an argument against working towards a better future,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.

The “Green New Deal” seeks to end the nation’s reliance on fossil fuels over 10 years, at a cost that’s been estimated as high as $93 trillion by the conservative American Action Forum.

Ocasio-Cortez also sarcastically hailed The Post’s “hard-hitting journalism.”

“The Post put the fact that I get into cars (while proposing a plan to invest in better car technology) on their front page,” she tweeted, along with an emoji that’s crying from laughter. “Pack it up folks, the Pulitzer’s been decided.”

Ocasio-Cortez was treated like a liberal savior at the “St. Pat’s for All” parade, with City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Queens) introducing her as “somebody who has been shaking up Washington, DC, the political world, and has been talking truth to power.”

City Comptroller Scott Stringer also likened Ocasio-Cortez to his cousin, the late US Rep. Bella Abzug, saying that “when she got elected, they said the same things about her and they tried to slow her down.”

“And she never gave up, and she fought, and now we see what happens when the next generation goes to Washington,” he added.

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