And while this year might have led you to believe that all our elected officials are concerned about this year is groping women and taking bribes, it turns out that some of them are also pretty concerned with their appearance, too.
And Brad “Gersty” Gerstman, founding partner of Gotham Government Relations and Communications, recently released his 5th Annual Best-Dressed Politicians List. We thought we would take a look at “who wore it best” in the legislative rooms of Albany and City Hall in 2017.
State Senator Kevin Parker
Gersty's Take: When you’re big, brawny and built like a linebacker for the New York Giants, the right clothing poses a challenge, but Senator Parker – continuing to amaze us – is up to the task as he continues to dazzle us with his color combos and now amazingly tasteful formal wear too.
Our Take: It's not easy looking cool, calm and collected when you're punching a traffic agent, pushing an aide, attacking a New York Post photographer, calling a colleague a b*tch, or getting tossed from a committee hearing, all things the impeccably coiffed Parker has reportedly done or been accused of, but the Brooklyn pol pulls it off with ease and aplomb. Here's to another term full of bullying, but more importantly, a closet to absolutely die for!
State Senator Jeff Klein
Gersty's Take: 2018 may be the year for the agile and ambitious and wickedly smart Senator Klein; if so, he’s certainly dressing the part. Cool Klein is always smooth with never a hair out of place – something that’s useful when you’re headed up into the rarefied political air. Ever since we first met, the senator never looks anything but outstanding in slick perfectly-fitting suits.
Our Take: Klein didn't get a group of Democratic state senators to join his Independent Democratic Conference wearing a bunch of suits he got off the rack at Jos. A Banks and some ties he found in the discount bin at Macy's. No, if you want to party with the Republicans, you have to act, think, and more importantly, dress like one.
State Senator Marty Golden
Gersty's Take: The King of Fifth Avenue in Bay Ridge, this debonair Republican from Brooklyn exudes sartorial splendor. Golden is no fashion innovator, but he knows how to use the Old School traditional look to the best advantage. He may not be the most original, but there is never a time when this former NYPD cop doesn’t look anything less than flawless. Bold ties, bold knots, and never a wrinkle in his clothes, he epitomizes “New York’s Finest.” If aspiring politicians think they’re going to outshine this old master, we have only one word: fugetaboutit!
Our Take: Golden doesn't just expect that he look his best at all times, he expects it from everyone around him. When he referred to the opponent of his former staffer John Quaglione in a City Council race as “Fat Boy,” many took offense; we saw it as a challenge for him to up his game. Get in the gym, tone up, and get some slim-fitting suits if you want to make in the cutthroat world of south Brooklyn politics!
But Golden doesn't just know what it takes for a man to succeed, how can we forget the “etiquette class for women” he organized to help the fairer sex get ahead in the workplace? Helpful advice included “walking up and down stairs elegantly” and “sitting, standing, and walking like a model.” And would it kill you to lose that top button, honey? That's what we call tax dollars at work.
Well, we got through the first three on the list, next week we'll see if we can wrap up the rest of Gersty's best-dressed list.