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