New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio used a $3-million counter-terrorism plane to get home from a vacation in Canada in what law enforcement officials have called an “excessive” use of resources.
De Blasio was reportedly in Quebec for vacation and left to give a speech back in New York City at a memorial for New York Police Department detective Miosotis Familia, who was tragically killed in 2017. De Blasio landed back in New York City around 11 a.m. and made his speech at the memorial at about noon. Before 4 p.m. the Democratic mayor was already back in Canada after riding in the department’s $3 million Cessna 208 Caravan, according to the New York Post.
Sources in the NYPD told the Post that de Blasio’s travel was strange and hinted at other options for travel.
“It is very unusual to go on an international flight to go pick up the mayor,” one source told the Post. “I think it’s excessive, because that wasn’t what that plane was designed to do. It’s designed for counterterrorism measures. To go to Canada to get the mayor? It’s excessive.”
A spokesman for de Blasio’s office told the Post that it was his first time using the plane but didn’t comment as to why that plane was used. (RELATED: Bill De Blasio Gave Just $350 To Charity Last Year)
De Blasio is still on vacation and plans on staying in Canada until Sunday. It is unclear if he plans on taking the $3-million counter-terrorism plane back home.
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