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Cuomo OK after helicopter makes emergency landing

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers one of his State of the State addresses at SUNY Albany in Albany Wednesday, Jan. 11. 

A state police helicopter carrying Gov. Andrew Cuomo was forced to make an emergency landing Wednesday afternoon shortly after he delivered his final regional State of the State address in Albany. 

James Allen, the governor's communications director, said the incident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. The helicopter carrying Cuomo, two aides and the governor's security detail filled with fumes that smelled like smoke, according to Allen. 

The helicopter made an emergency landing at Stewart Airport in Orange County. 

"The cause of the issue is being investigated and the helicopter is currently undergoing maintenance," Allen said. 

No one was injured. Allen said Cuomo, his staffers and the security team have been safely transported back to New York City. 

Cuomo traveled to Syracuse and Albany Wednesday to deliver the final in a series of six regional State of the State addresses. He delivered his presentation at the Carrier Theater in Albany before heading to Albany for the last of the speeches. 

The helicopter's emergency landing was first reported by the New York Daily News

Shortly after confirming the helicopter made an emergency landing, the governor's office posted a tweet that offered a lighter take on the situation. 


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