Martinez cuts state airplane fleet from 8 to 3

Susana Martinez
Alamogordo Daily News Gov. Susana Martinez's air assault is complete. She said the state had too many airplanes, and even campaigned on a promise to sell what she called state's "luxury jet," which was purchased during Democrat Bill Richardson's governorship. Martinez's administration sold that plane, a 2005 Cessna Citation Bravo, to an Alaska couple for $2.5 million. Today it sold a 1983 Gulfstream Turbo Commander. The buyer, Jerry Gay of Santa Fe, paid $575,000. Executives of the General Services Department said in a statement that the sale completes a reduction in the number of state-owned airplanes from eight to three since Martinez took office. "Trimming the number of aircraft to three makes more sense than continuing to pay for hangar space and maintenance when our usage has been quite limited," Martinez said. Read More News New Mexico



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