Vacation is where the mayor wants to be.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, set to vacation with his family for nearly 10 days in Italy, wouldn’t rule out taking more vacations in the future–including another one this year.
“I don’t have a plan in place that I want to talk about today,” Mr. de Blasio told the Observer when asked if he had plans to take any more vacations this year and if he’d limit himself to one vacation per year. “This is the first time the family’s been able to go away together for a week in a couple of years, and it’s a very important moment for us, especially the opportunity to go to the hometown of my grandfather and my grandmother, and that’s going to be an incredibly important moment for our family.”
“But I can’t project what’s up ahead. We got a lot of work to do, and I don’t usually get to take a lot of vacation,” the mayor, speaking at an unrelated press conference in Brooklyn today, added.
Mr. de Blasio is the first mayor in recent years to leave the city for an extended period of time. His predecessor, the billionaire Michael Bloomberg, took frequent jaunts to Bermuda but was only gone for the weekend. A Long Island Rail Road strike had the potential to derail his trip, but a strike was ultimately averted this afternoon.
The trip to Italy will include meetings with Italian officials and the mayor will be bringing aides along with him. Another reporter wanted to know what delicacies the mayor, who is of Italian descent, was looking forward to enjoying in the Mediterranean nation.
Mr. de Blasio had a quick answer.
“Eggplant parmigiana is my all time favorite Italian meal,” Mr. de Blasio said. “But this is the truth. My mother, Maria de Blasio–may she rest in peace–still no one has come close to an eggplant parmigiana as great as hers. So I will search all of Italy, seeing if I can find one.”