What was B. Keller doing up in the air with Andrew Cuomo?
Earlier today, governor Andrew Cuomo, who's been criticized in the press for a lack of transparency, released his schedule and other information about his office's activities over the last six months.
Among the details buried in the raft of data was information about flights on the governor's plane, which would detail any use of the plane for personal or political purposes for which the state would require reimbursement.
A certain "B. Keller" was listed among the passengers on at least two separate flights with the governor—one via helicopter at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, following a briefing in White Plains on the Indian Point nuclear facility, and the other via the New York State Police King Air at 8:15 a.m. on Friday, July 29, returning to Albany after an editorial board meeting in the city.
Might the B. Keller on board have been former New York Times editor Bill, one local journalist wondered aloud on Twitter?
"Not me. Never been on the plane," Keller told Capital in an email. "There's an evangelical minister named Bill Keller, but somehow I doubt ..."
Indeed, the B. Keller from the flight logs was flagged as a member of "protective services." And his first name is not Bill, a Cuomo spokesman confirmed, though he said he couldn't provide the man's actual name for this article, citing security concerns.
As for Bill Keller the televangelist that the Times' Keller mentioned, Wikipedia says he "has been unable to keep sponsors in recent years and has recently resorted to making web videos from his Florida home."