A helicopter ride for a photo op at a New York City gas station while Americans are struggling to fill their tanks? Oh, Kathy —the optics on this are terrible!
According to a report from The New York Post, New York Governor Kathy Hochul hopped on a helicopter to travel from Albany to Queens last June to visit a BP gas station for a brief photo op.
“New Yorkers are feeling pain at the pump, so today we’re cutting the state gas tax through the end of the year,” Hochul tweeted after her brief June 1 visit to the Queens station, where she reportedly did not bother to talk to anyone, station employees said.
Completely tone deaf.
From The New York Post:
The pricey June 1 trip to New York City was just one of roughly 50 Hochul flights detailed in the newly released schedule of the governor’s plane trips between April and June.
It comes after The Post has already detailed numerous other flights taken by the governor at taxpayer expense, sometimes apparently just to attend events designed to fill her political war chest.
“While the costs are substantial and excessive, there is no tangible, legitimate benefit to the people of New York. It’s time to shut down the governor’s frequent flyer program,” Republican Assembly Minority Leader William Barclay (R-Oswego) told The Post.
“Kathy Hochul’s endless air travel is being paid for by taxpayers, so she can crisscross the state to pad her campaign account and support her election efforts.”
By the way, it would have been cheaper to take an airplane —only $1,300 compared to the $2,500.
New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin shared the story on Twitter, saying “Kathy Hochul loves pissing away your hard-earned money.”
Kathy Hochul loves pissing away your hard earned money. https://t.co/YEffv4aiQW
— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) October 4, 2022