Gov. Cuomo taking heat for trips

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is taking heat for using taxpayer-funded state aircraft to fly to and from his Westchester home at a time of deep budget cuts.

Since taking office in January, the governor has used state planes and helicopters to return to the New Castle home he shares with his girlfriend, Sandra Lee.

A total of 16 were return trips following statewide tours that ended in Westchester instead of Albany, which is considered the official home of the New York governor. State ethics committee rules make it clear that state aircraft should not be used for commuting.

Cuomo's spokesman says these were all official events, and on three occasions the trips were direct flights from Albany to Westchester. In the same time span, Cuomo took 50 car trips back and forth from Albany and Westchester.

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