Cuomo under fire for taxpayer-funded travels

During a time of deep budget cuts, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) frequently used taxpayer-funded aircrafts for flights to and from his Westchester County home, according to public records.

Since taking office in January, Cuomo has used state planes and helicopters to return to his New Castle home a total of 16 times following statewide tours that ended in Westchester instead of Albany.

According to state ethics rules, the aircrafts should not be used for commuting. However, the governor's spokesperson, Josh Vlasto, says that restriction doesn't apply because Cuomo's trips were all official events.

Vlasto says Cuomo didn't have family on board for any of his flights. Records also show that he has flown far less than his predecessors in the same time frame.

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