[Ed. – But he’s such a great governor(?) that he’s worth it.]
On a hot July day in 2017, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo visited a country club on Long Island to address business leaders about the future of rail lines that are the lifeblood of commerce and suburban commuters.
“Today, we’re talking about transforming the Long Island Rail Road,” Mr. Cuomo told the crowd, and “bringing it into the next century.”
The governor left the same way he came: via helicopter. He had flown from a helipad near his Manhattan office to an airport nine miles from the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, instead of driving the roughly 30 miles, or taking the train system he was promising to transform.
Taxpayer-paid flights are commonplace for Mr. Cuomo, who took 195 trips in state planes and helicopters in 2017, according to an examination of state records. His travels reflect an active governor in a big state who has used aircraft liberally — as many as four flights a day, for distances long and short — and who is entitled, like previous governors, to fly the fleet by law.