State po­lice to buy new chop­per for Gov. Cuomo, pub­lic safety

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

Gov. An­drew Cuomo will soon have a new chop­per.

The state po­lice plan to buy a $12.5 mil­lion Siko­rsky S-76D to trans­port the Demo­cratic gov­er­nor and per­form other pub­lic safety mis­sions as needed.

St at e Comptrol l er Thomas DiNapoli said Fri­day that his of­fice ap­proved the pur­chase after ini­tially re­ject­ing it last year. The de­ci­sion was re­versed after Cuomo’s of­fice pro­vided more in­for­ma­tion.

The ve­hi­cle will be used for a va­ri­ety of mis­sions, in­clud­ing search and res­cue, help­ing po­lice on the ground and for trans­port­ing Cuomo.

The state in­tends to pur­chase a 2015 model, which is some $4 mil­lion cheaper than a new one.

On Wed­nes­day, a he­li­copter trans­port­ing Cuomo from Al­bany to New York City made an emer­gency land­ing at Ste­wart Air­port after fumes filled the cabin. No one was in­jured.

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