New York governor Andrew Cuomo is a big believer in fighting climate change. That is, when he’s not jetting around in a private plane or helicopter. Isn’t it funny how so many climate change fighters have this same habit?
The New York Times reports:
Cuomo Often Takes Taxpayer-Funded Planes and Helicopters, Far More Than Other Big State Governors
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…
Mr. Cuomo flew last year on 90 days: In all, he took 85 trips by helicopter and 110 flights on a state airplane, state records show. He also spent 400 hours in the car, his office said.
Now take a look at this tweet:
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) May 31, 2017