Corey Johnson's first big trip came with a big price tag

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson in a subway
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson in a subway
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Corey Johnson's first big trip came with a big price tag

Taxpayers shelled out $3,570.64 for him to get to Tennessee.
April 5, 2018

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is sending a big bill to taxpayers for his first out-of-state trip as speaker after paying $3,570.64 to get himself and an aide to Tennessee and back on Wednesday.

Johnson took a day trip to Memphis for a march to mark the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.

“It was an honor and a privilege,” Johnson said in a statement to City & State. “Dr. King’s life means so much to me and the people I represent … I am so proud to lend my voice to this march today and be a part of this national day of remembrance.”

City Council spokeswoman Jen Fermino said the sky-high flight costs came after Johnson’s first two flights out of New York were canceled.

The bill doesn’t include the cost for Johnson’s security detail that accompanies him on official business. The NYPD declined to comment on how many officers accompanied him, or the cost for the trip.

Johnson’s predecessor, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, took occasional trips out of state, including visits to Taiwan and Puerto Rico in her first year.

Jeff Coltin
is a staff reporter at City & State. He covers New York City Hall.
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