The incident reminds us of the South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford media firestorm when he was found to be out of the country during, well nothing in particular. So where is the media now? Guess New York City (Unlike South Carolina) can run all by itself!
Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in Bermuda on Sunday when a train derailed in the Bronx, the most recent time that the mayor has been out of town when a major incident in New York City occurred, a person familiar with the matter said.
Mr. Bloomberg, who steps down on Dec. 31 after 12 years at City Hall, was playing golf Sunday at Bermuda’s majestic Mid Ocean golf club, a person who spotted the mayor said. The Metro-North Railroad train derailment — killing four people and injuring more than 60 others — occurred at roughly 7:20 a.m. New York time.
Mr. Bloomberg was golfing in the early morning and did not leave the course until roughly 1 p.m, the person said. Bermuda is one hour ahead of New York time.
A spokesman for Mr. Bloomberg, a 71-year-old billionaire businessman, declined to discuss his whereabouts on Sunday. The mayor did not attend any of the briefings at the scene of the accident Sunday, but he visited with the injured at two hospitals after nightfall.
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Bloomberg – What can I do?
“What can I do? I’m not a professional firefighter or police officer. Nothing I can do,” Bloomberg told reporters outside St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx late Sunday night, while refusing to disclose his whereabouts earlier that day.
“All I can do is make sure that the right people from New York City, our police commissioner, our fire commissioner and emergency management commissioner are there.”
According to the Journal, Bloomberg was hitting the links at Bermuda’s Mid Ocean golf club early Sunday morning, and continued to play through until noon New York time, even though the crash happened at 7:20 a.m.