The Piano Man has a new accompanist: A year after separating from his third wife, food critic and chef Katie Lee, Long Island legend Billy Joel is dating Alexis Roderick, 29, a senior risk officer in the Garden City office of the financial institution Morgan Stanley.

Roderick, of Centerport, met Joel, 61, at a restaurant in Huntington, according to news reports. The couple have been seen together since September, and were photographed earlier this month at Joel's recently opened 20th Century Cycles motorcycle shop in Oyster Bay. Roderick acknowledged the relationship to the press on Tuesday, following reports she had been helping nurse Joel back to health after his bilateral hip-replacement surgery in November.

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Roderick graduated from Stony Brook University, where she focused on political science, economics and Latin American studies. She has been with Morgan Stanley since April 2005.

Joel, who was married to his business manager, Elizabeth Weber Small, from 1973 until their divorce in 1982, went on to marry supermodel Christie Brinkley in 1985; their daughter, singer Alexa Ray Joel, was born later that year. The couple divorced in 1994, and Joel married Lee 10 years later.

Following his and Lee's separation, Joel was spotted on dates with women including former "The Young and the Restless" star Alex Donnelley.