16-Jan-2017 Source: HeliHub.com
Governor Cuomo has been allowed a $12.5 million helicopter to use for transportation across the state. Cuomo had requested in November last year for a new helicopter, but the request was denied by comptroller Thomas DiNapoli on the grounds that the interior couldn’t be changed for police needs and that there wasn’t enough information to waive bid requirements. Cuomo sent another request, this time with the necessary information, which was approved.
This was after one of the State Police helicopters performed an emergency landing while transporting Cuomo. The interior filled with smoke, reports New York Post, causing the pilot to perform an emergency landing, halfway through the flight across the state.