At big-ticket fundraiser, Billy Joel unveils ode to Andrew Cuomo

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What does a ticket to a big-money political birthday bash for the nation’s top-fundraising governor get you?

Screen shot 2013-12-04 at 10.27.36 AMTuscan kale, free range truffled chicken breast with pinot noir sauce and a parody song sung by Billy Joel, among other perks.

The wonderful world of social media allowed for a peak inside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s annual birthday fundraiser last night at Manhattan’s soon-to-be-closed Roseland Ballroom, which featured a performance by the Piano Man himself highlighted by the unveiling a parody of his 1978 tune “Honesty,” with the words changed to fete the man of honor.

“Promise me you won’t start smoking crack, like that guy up in Toronto,” Joel sang to Cuomo to applause from the crowd, according to a YouTube video posted by Capital New York’s Jimmy Vielkind. “You can be the governor, you can be a friend, maybe someday you can even be the president. People magazine says you’re the sexiest of men.”

The next chorus? “Albany has always got your back, as long as we’ve got Andrew Cuomo.”

And what did the guests — some of whom paid as much as $50,000 for a table and “rock star” status, according to an invitation — munch on while watching the pride of Long Island? The menu, which was posted on Instagram and is pictured above, included tuscan kale with basil, shaved pecorino and lemon; free-range truffled breast of chicken with morela, oven-roasted tomatoes, potato pearls, haricots verts and pinot noir sauce; New York apple crumble with cinnamon creme; and, of course, birthday cake.

Via Capital New York, here’s video of Joel feting Cuomo:

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  1. lETS SEE HOW CUOMO LIKES IT WHEN WE SHOW UP IN ALBANY WITH OUR MOVIE ACTORS AND SINGERS ON JAN 8TH 2014 FOR HIS STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS. WE WILL SHOW THAT LOUD MOUTH DO NOTHING GOVERNOR WHO’S IN CHARGE AND IF THIS PROTEST DOESN’T MAKE HIM SEE IT OUR WAY WAIT TILL LHE TRYS TO GET RE-ELECTED WE ARE THE PEOPLE AGAIST PROGRESS AND WE WANT TO KEEP NY FREE OF INDUSTRY AND MAKE IT OUR PARK

  2. Frank Chernega on

    Cuomo is a super wealthy man who is only interested in those people like him. He disdains those of us in the Southern Tier and his dithering about drilling is all about his super rich friends continuing to buy up foreclosed farms like Yoko Ono and Mark Ruffalo have done. He knows if he permits HVHF’ing, land prices will skyrocket like they did in PA from $500/acre to $10,000+ / acre thus shutting out his rich friends from adding to their growing land holdings. Cuomo has defacto confiscated our property and must not be allowed to get away with this illegal action. SUE HIM NOW!