LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A Bloomberg helicopter violation scandal has taken off. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, flying his own helicopter on the weekends, has been caught on video tape by Ron Sticco violating decade-old curfew rules, dozens of time, at the East 34th Street Heliport.
Ron Sticco tells local news that he recorded the Bloomberg helicopter violate curfew rules sixteen times in six months. The Heliport has a curfew in place stemming from a court ruling over a decade ago. But the Bloomberg helicopter has been routinely taking off on the weekend, in violation of that curfew, Sticco revealed.
But in a news statement, Mayor Bloomberg explains that he had an allegedlyÂ “courtesy” to use the helicopter to fly his pets to the Hamptons. Lawmakers disagree. The official news statement reads “While the heliportâ€™s waiting rooms are closed on weekends and you canâ€™t get fuel, we always thought that pilots could still take off and land â€” a courtesy that, it turns out, had been extended to mayors over the years.”
But Bloomberg was not using the helicopter for official government business. Rather he was flying to his homes in Westchester County and the Hamptons. His passengers were not his City staff but his companion Diana L. Taylor and their two dogs, yellow Labradors named Bonnie and Clyde.
â€śThere are times itâ€™s so noisy I have to go in my bathroom to talk on the telephone,â€ť Dr. Sticco told WABC-TV. â€śI donâ€™t doubt the mayor has essential business to perform. But, going back to Fiorello La Guardia, they didnâ€™t need the perpetual use of a heliport to govern the city.â€ť