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The alleged drunken banker accused of choking an MTA worker in a Brooklyn subway station has been terminated by a Manhattan investment firm, the firm said Sunday.

Jean-Francois Costi, 53, was fired from Tocqueville Asset Management, the Midtown investment firm where he worked for nearly 15 years, after the attack on MTA employee Tanya McCray at the Coney Island subway station early Friday, the company said.

“Mr. Coste has been terminated from the company’s operations with immediate effect,” the company said in a statement. “Tocqueville Asset Management has zero tolerance for abusive behavior and, pending further investigation, will take appropriate action.”

A spokeswoman for Tocqueville did not say whether Coste was fired with pay or without pay.

A reportedly intoxicated Coste was at the Stillwell Avenue station around 12:15 a.m. when he allegedly punched McCray as he arrived for work, according to police.

Investment banker Jean-Francois Coste was drunk when he allegedly groped an MTA worker at Coney Island Station, police said.

Police said McCray confronted Coste when the suspected intoxicated banker tried to enter an employee-only area of ​​the station, and the finance worker punched him twice in the face when he refused to let him inside.

The veteran MTA also fought his attacker with his lunch bag, which contained a thermos, leaving Coste with scratches and a black eye, police said.

After the attack, Coste took off, but was turned away by transit carriers and apprehended by police, authorities said.

He was charged with assault, harassment and threats and was released without bail.

Tanya McCray, MTA employee.
MTA employee Tanya McCray was allegedly cornered by banker Jean-Francois Coste, but fought back and left the financial analyst with a black eye, police said.
Facebook/Tanya Hinton McCray

The Legal Aid Society, which represented Coste at his arraignment Friday, said he has since retained a private attorney.

The suspect was taken into custody at his Borough Hill, Brooklyn home on Sunday.

A spokesman for the transit workers union Local 100 said McCray had just left the station’s “staff room” when he spotted Coste trying to enter a restricted area.

“It’s not a public space,” the spokesman said. “Apparently, he was drunk. He pushed the door shut and locked it and he punched her in the face at least twice.”

According to his LinkedIn profile, Kosten has been with Tocqueville since February 2008 and was currently working for the company as a senior equity analyst.

Jean-Francois Coste
Banker Jean-Francois Costi has been suspended from Manhattan investment firm Tocqueville Asset Management after being arrested on assault charges.
Tocqueville Asset Management LP

He graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 1993 and previously received an MBA in Finance from NEOMA Business School in France.

After the attack, Coste’s profile was removed from Tocqueville’s website, and he made his Instagram and Facebook accounts private.

He is due back in court in Brooklyn on March 1.

Friday’s attack came two days after a MTA worker was accidentally socked in the face with a walnut sock at a Times Square subway station and her male colleague was brutally kicked in the leg as he dropped the boy off, police said.

“We have zero tolerance for attacks on transit workers, and the senseless attacks two days apart on employees who are just trying to do their job for the public is outrageous,” NYC Transit Chief Operating Officer Craig Cipriano said in a statement.

“We are grateful that the NYPD made immediate arrests in both cases at Coney Island and Times Square, and we wish the injured officers a speedy recovery.”

Additional reporting by Kyle Schnitzer



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