It’s a tale of two well-timed Caribbean vacations.
Mayor Bill de Blasio will take a vacation today with his wife, Chirlane McCray, to Puerto Rico and return on Tuesday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, after initially telling reporters he was just “out of the state,” will be getting some rest and relaxation with his family in the Caribbean, returning Monday night.
Mr. Cuomo’s press office did not say what island nation he would be visiting or if he’d overlap with the mayor, a fellow Democrat and sometime nemesis.
“The Mayor and First Lady are taking a personal trip,” said Wiley Norvell, a spokesman for Mr. de Blasio. “The Mayor will remain in close contact with senior leadership and staff at City Hall, including receiving daily briefings.”
Melissa DeRosa, a spokeswoman for Mr. Cuomo, said the governor “is on vacation with family in the Caribbean, returning Monday night. Lieutenant Governor Hochul will be in New York for the duration of the Governor’s trip.”
Mr. de Blasio and his wife are personally paying their travel costs, and no City Hall staff are accompanying them, according to his administration. First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris has the authority to conduct any duties requiring an immediate signature or authorization from Mr. de Blasio.
This is not the first time the mayor has vacationed since his election win. Shortly after his victory in November 2013, he took a mini-vacation in Puerto Rico following the Somos El Futuro conference of Hispanic legislators. In the summer of 2014, he traveled with his entire family to Italy.
Mr. de Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, frequently left the state, but the press often had no idea where the billionaire mayor was. He kept homes in Bermuda, Colorado and London, and was often gone on weekends. He took criticism for being in Bermuda when a snow storm walloped the city in 2010 and when a train derailed in the Bronx at the end of his term in 2013.
Mr. Cuomo is not always specific about where he is headed–his public schedules will frequently say he is in the “New York City area,” without even naming a county–but he rarely left the state during his first term. After winning re-election last fall, he announced far more out of state travel was planned.
He will visit Cuba on April 20 and is also planning visits to Israel, China, Mexico, Canada, Italy and China, all in an apparent effort to expand New York’s reach into international markets.