Schneiderman's downfall the talk of the Met Gala

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Schneiderman's downfall the talk of the Met Gala

Corey Johnson, Jimmy Van Bramer report from inside.
May 8, 2018

While Eric Schneiderman’s political career came crashing down, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson was enjoying the perks of his new job at the Met Gala.

Johnson attended the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual fundraiser Monday night, and flouted the event’s usual social media ban by posting to Instagram from within the exclusive party.

Tickets are $30,000 apiece, but Johnson’s spokeswoman Jennifer Fermino said he was given free admission in his capacity as speaker, and that his attendance was approved by the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board. Former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito attended the gala in 2014, in her first year as speaker.

City Council Cultural Affairs Committee Chairman Jimmy Van Bramer also went this year, as he has a number of times, and tweeted photos with Rihanna and former “Wonder Woman” actress Lynda Carter.

Johnson shied away from posting party pictures on his personal Twitter account, but did share his official statement calling for Schneiderman’s resignation – apparently written and sent while Johnson was at the gala.

In a message sent to City & State immediately before Madonna took the stage, Van Bramer said that Schneiderman’s accusations of abuse and his resignation were a big topic of conversation among the gala’s high-profile attendees.

Jeff Coltin
is a senior reporter at City & State. He covers New York City Hall.