Brooklyn Wins Bragging Rights to the World’s Tallest Politician

Councilman Robert Cornegy at the Vessel grand opening in NYC. 03.15.2019 Photo: Shimon Gifter

NEW YORK    At 6-foot-10, Robert Cornegy Jr., a Brooklyn city councilman, and a former professional basketball player, is the new Guinness World Records holder.

New York already holds Guinness World Records for the most billionaires and for being the most Instagrammed city. Now the city can claim another record: the world’s tallest politician, thanks to Robert Cornegy Jr., a city councilman who represents Brooklyn.

former professional basketball player who was part of the 1984-85 St. John’s University men’s basketball team that advanced to the Final Four, Mr. Cornegy, 53, officially tops out at 6-foot-10, according to an average of measurements provided by three doctors at Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn.

“What I went through to get this measurement was borderline ridiculous,” said Mr. Cornegy, who will receive the designation on Wednesday at a ceremony at City Hall. “But I think it was worth it to bring that designation to New York — and Brooklyn.”

Getting certified as “the world’s tallest politician (male)” was no easy feat. Guinness requires the record-holder to submit official height verification. Mr. Cornegy went to his former trainer at St. John’s University, but Guinness did not like the tools the trainer used. He then turned to the doctors at Interfaith, which is in his Council district.

Mr. Cornegy received three measurements on the same day in January, but at different times and in varied poses.

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