By Sabina Mollot
At a party jam packed with celebrities and others jockeying for the position of the guest with the most “camp” outfit, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney still managed to stand out, glowing in an FDNY jacket.
The congresswoman was in attendance at the Met Gala, which is considered to be one of the toughest, if not the toughest events in town to get on the guest list to. However, the veteran legislator wasn’t there to preen.
The firefighter’s jacket was worn in an attempt to draw attention to the 9/11 compensation fund for first responders. Its upcoming expiration, Maloney is warning, will leave thousands of responders and their families without badly needed money.
Maloney was gifted the fireman’s jacket by 9/11 first responders and has pledged to wear it to all events, including the Met Gala, in the hope of growing support for her legislation aimed at renewing and permanently funding the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.
The bill currently has 220 co-sponsors in Congress, including 40 Republicans.
“As a nation we promised to ‘Never Forget’ those harmed by 9/11, and now it is time that we give our heroes the compensation they deserve,” Maloney said this week. “I introduced the Never Forget the Heroes Act in February to ensure that 9/11 first responders and survivors are fully compensated for the losses they have suffered and get the critical care they deserve. I made a vow to wear my fireman’s jacket everywhere, including the Met Gala, until my bill to renew the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund passes. No first responder or survivor should ever have to worry or suffer, and I will not stop drawing attention to this issue until the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund is fully funded and made permanent.”
At the Met Gala, Maloney paired her FDNY jacket with a gown in “fireman’s yellow” designed by Vassilis Emmanuel Zoulias.
The Met Gala is an annual ball that raises money for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s costume department. Over the years it has evolved, under the leadership of Anna Wintour, into a couture costume party for the rich and famous.