A Democratic lawmaker wore a firefighter bunker jacket to the Met Gala in NYC, making good on her promise to do so in order to bring attention to the compensatory plight of 9/11 victims and their families.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney wore the black and yellow FDNY jacket, which was gaudily decorated with her title name in large block letters.
“It’s fashion with a purpose,” she told Page Six. “I’m not Versace, I’m not Gucci, I’m FDNY. The fire department is the best designer in the world, worn by more people than any other designer in the city of New York.”
According to a release from her office, Maloney is backing the “Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act,” which will help victims and family members of those affected by 9/11.
Around 226 members of the House of Representatives have backed the bipartisan legislation.
The goal of the bill is to “ensure that all 9/11 first responders and survivors who have been injured by the toxins at Ground Zero and have certified 9/11 illnesses would receive their full compensation through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) now and into the future as more become ill with 9/11-related diseases.”
Maloney reportedly promised to wear the jacket -which was paired with a yellow dress- in order to raise awareness to the bill’s existence and would wear it at public events.
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