Gerstman is a founding partner of Gotham Government Relations and Communications, but we can assure you that his 2017 list doesn't play favorites and isn't a thinly-veiled attempt to curry favor with political bosses or fashion designers. It's a strictly nonpartisan affair.
In the last issue, we gave you Gersty's take and our own thoughts on the first three on the list: State Senator Kevin Parker, State Senator Jeff Klein and State Senator Martin Golden.
Here's some other politicians who turned the hallowed halls of Albany and Lower Manhattan into their own personal catwalk.
Councilman Eric Ulrich Gersty's Take: The young and feisty City Councilman doesn’t only know how to dress well with sharp slim suits and terrific ties, but he also knows how to smoothly sail through the partisan waters at the City Council. It’s not easy being a Republican in NYC, but the sharply turned out Ulrich makes both dressing well and politicking look easy.
Our Take: A lot less fashionable members of the GOP in the city like to refer to Ulrich as a RINO, or “Republican in Name Only.” And while they can accuse him of betraying traditional GOP values with some of his viewpoints or happily accepting the endorsements of Democrats when he runs for re-election, you know what stripes will never change? The ones on his impeccable suits!
Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez Gersty's Take: Our newest city law enforcement boss presents an impeccable image, but we doubt that Brooklyn’s criminals will appreciate the attire. The new DA represents Brooklyn well in conservative but impeccably well-tailored suits and big knot ties. Gonzalez has a great presence and those who find themselves on the wrong side of the law will learn that his prosecutions pack a punch too.
Our Take: Lock us up and throw away the key if we get to look at this wardrobe in the yard everyday! Gonzalez may have just become permanent district attorney after assuming the role of “acting” earlier this year, but one thing he was never faking was his sense of style.
Congressman Tom Suozzi Gersty's Take: The former Nassau County Executive turned Congressman always has a very youthful look. Suozzi has the full package: lean and mean suits, thin stylish ties, and slick short hair that all make the Congressman a representative that the folks on Long Island can all be proud to call their own. He simply makes being a politician look cool.
Our Take: When he took over as Nassau County Executive in 2001, county finances were in shambles. Suozzi cut spending and reduced debt and turned the county around, but you know the only place in the county that wasn't affected by the strict fiscal measures? Suozzi's walk-in closet! While he was busy trimming the budget, he was also apparently busy having his tailor do the same to his chic yet classic suits.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie Gersty's Take: You’d never know, given his spectacular fashion presentation, that Speaker Heastie comes from the mean streets of the Bronx. He simply dresses with classy aplomb. Heastie has the best assortment of ties in the entire Assembly Chamber. I doubt he was chosen Speaker for that reason, but I’m sure it didn’t hurt his cause since the Speaker looks and acts like the leader he has proven to be.
Our Take: It surely wasn't an easy task stepping in to replace Sheldon Silver as speaker of the Assembly following his arrest on federal corruption charges, but Heastie tied a Full Windsor around his neck and got to work. A lesser politician would have opted simply for a Four in Hand, but when your one of the “three men in a room” in Albany it doesn't hurt to also be the best dressed (sorry State Senator John Flanagan and Governor Andrew Cuomo!).
So there you have it, Gersty's Best-Dressed Politicians List 2017. It's something you lesser-dressed pols can aspire to next year.