Guinness names Brooklyn Councilman Robert Cornegy world's tallest politician

NEW YORK (WABC) -- A city councilman from Brooklyn was honored Wednesday at City Hall for reaching new heights and has been named the tallest politician in the world.

Standing at 6-foot-10, Robert Cornegy towers over the previous record holder who was a mere 6-foot-7 1/2.

For reference, Mayor Bill de Blasio is also very tall, but he is five inches shorter than Cornegy.

The 53-year-old councilman hopes his height will inspire young people.

"They may not have the normal physical stature and would still like to make a difference, you can absolutely do that and you don't have to be relegated to a particular part of society based on how you look," he said.

Cornegy admitted that being tall has its drawbacks -- he can be viewed as intimidating and then there's the problem with the subway:

"I sit anticipating when that train rolls in whether I can get a seat because I can't stand up on most trains," he said.

To officially earn the Guinness record, Cornegy had to be measured in a hospital six different times over the course of one day.

Cornegy applied for the Guinness Book of World Records after a constituent joked he was the tallest politician ever.

It turns out that constituent was right.

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