Bloomberg’s Travels Come Under Scrutiny

Mayor May Soon Be Required To Reveal Departure Time

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There’s a new tug of war between Michael Bloomberg and a New York City councilman over whether the mayor should notify the city clerk whenever he leaves the city.

Maybe it was being in Brooklyn, which welcomes you with a sign that says “fugetabout it,” but that was Mayor Bloomberg’s response when asked if he would notify the city clerk whenever he hits the road.

“Which letter of the word no did you not understand?” Bloomberg told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports from City Hall where Mayor Michael Bloomberg was reassuring New Yorkers that he’s always in control

The question of the gallivanting billionaire’s penchant for weekend getaways was raised anew Monday after The Wall Street Journal reports obtained Federal Aviation Administration records for LaGuardia Airport that showed a Bloomberg corporate jet taking off for Bermuda on Christmas morning and returning the next day, just before the December Blizzard shut the airport down.

In total, the planes have flown to Bermuda 54 times from 2007 through 2010, the Journal reports.

When asked by Kramer if he was on that post-Christmas plane, Bloomberg said, “If you want to know where we were, Stu Loeser puts out a public schedule, which I suggest you consult.”

But that was just the beginning of the exchange.

Kramer: “Why not just say that you were there or weren’t there?”

Bloomberg: “I didn’t say that I was or I wasn’t.”

Kramer: “Why not?”

Bloomberg: “Because the mayor has to be able to have a private life and not disclose where he is. We set a policy day one, we’re going to tell you whenever there’s a public event and I can guarantee that the mayor is always in control.”

“I can’t think of any time in the last nine years when I wasn’t a phone call or e-mail away,” he added.

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. said he begs to differ with the mayor. He said the mayor may not have to say where he is, but the councilman is working on a bill to force him to require notification of when he leaves — to avoid disasters like the city’s botched blizzard response when both Bloomberg and his top deputy were AWOL.

“I’m looking at a situation more like 9/11 when communications go down. Even if it’s for a short time, if he can’t be reached, who would have the power here on the ground?” Vallone said.

Kramer then told Vallone that Bloomberg said no way to that idea.

“It wouldn’t be the first time we reached a compromise after there was no compromise possible,” Vallone said.

Although he claims he’s never out of touch this may be a case where the mayor is out of step with what the City Council wants.

Vallone said the bill is important because it will affect all future mayors — mayors who may not have their own airplanes and will not be able to come and go as they please.

What do you think? Has the mayor been skipping town? Should he be required to notify the public when does? Sound off in our comments section.

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  1. Market says:

    Arrogance: •overbearing pride evidenced by a superior manner toward inferiors”.

  2. Marina Ios says:

    i am sorry, but i must admit , usually i am a really understanding person, and extremely tolerant, i do not recall having repulsive feelings leading to nausea for any one in my life….except this mayor
    its getting to a point that i really dont care what is going on here, i mean nyc, any longer, i just wait for the day when we will see a different name following the title mayor

  3. LIZ says:

    HE IS A DICTATOR, HE’S ARROGANT, HE IS NOT IN TOUCH WITH THE PEOPLE OF THIS CITY! HE IS THE WORST MAYOR WE EVER HAD!! WE SHOULD THROW HIM OUT! HONESTLY I CAN’T STAND TO EVEN LOOK AT HIM!! LET ALONE LISTEN TO HIM!

  4. Wayne says:

    Since my food stamp is already processed for the month – Yes, he should give official notification when leaving the mainland!

  5. Mr. Bill says:

    The guy came back when he saw the forecast. For Christ’s sake people, isn’t he entitled to a little R&R like any other human being? Just because he has the means to travel in private jets whenever he has a free day doesn’t make him a bad person. Would it be different if he drove upstate to go skiing? Bermuda is 90 minutes away by jet… the nearest decent ski resort is more than 2 hours away. Leave the man alone already.

  6. wwy says:

    What you can see is when he is not in New York to in charge,no one knows what to do.

  7. Jaypee says:

    No one was in charge the day of the blizzard. And if he was just a phone call away why didn’t he do something about it? He is to be held accountable for NY’s “Katrina”
    The Financial Capital of the world needs to be manned 24/7 by a dependable public servant.

    Imagine if he entertains the thought of running for President? What a joke

  8. Rock Star says:

    Bermuda Mike chicken hawking in the dead of night there. When will this come out? Is he using the NYPD security there to procure young men for him to tango with??

    1. nathan says:

      Hmm Rock Star seems to have an inside track on Gay goings on in nyc. Not that theres anything wrong with that of course. Enjoy the glory hole RS!

      1. Rock Star says:

        Hi nathan! You must be one of Bermuda Mike’s little boy toys

  9. Moishe says:

    LOL so funny to see the media scrutinizing this man AFTER they took their buyout and were MUTE during a third-term election. This is why the midia had no integrity and ranks so low with the public,.

  10. DanTe says:

    Bloomberg did the right thing. He hired the people for the job and than he step aside and let them do the job. Only re. T ARD ed pols and their lowlife sycophants who never hire anyone qualified will find a need to micro-manage.

  11. John Kirby says:

    Bloomberg has worn out his welcome. Time for a change N.Y. Hopefully this guy doesn’t change the law for another term.

  12. Blah! says:

    Stand behind a horse and look straight ahead, you are then looking at Bloomberg! Tyrant and hypocrit, nic eto see he finally has his jets US registered and not Bermuda registered like they used to be, to avoid taxes!

  13. Martin Celeiro says:

    He has to be one of the most arrogant people in the world.

  14. Sick of Bloomberg says:

    Ironic that the Emperor of Accountability feels he has the right to NOT be accountable. The old “Do as i say, not as I do” routine. Just to clarify, despite not accepting the salary, the job requires that he be front and center when the city demands it. He is still a PUBLIC SERVANT, as he likes to remind the rest of us. If he doesn’t like the job, HE CAN QUIT!!!!!!!!
    By the way, LMAO at “Mayor Malaka”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. nathan says:

    I used to like him but Im down on him now due to the snowstorm and garbage nitemare. That said tho, where he travels on his one pvt plane isn’t your biz. Take your bitter somewhere else.

    1. Joni Arroyo Jefferson says:

      Unfrotunately it is our business when the city is paying for it….is it coming out of his private bank account…or is it our funds. Secondly…16 trips in one year…if I took 16 trips to anywhere…I would be fired from my job. Seems irresible. No? Seem funny to me…that the GOV wants to cut education and health care…but this behavior seems ok.

      1. Chris says:

        His plane expenses are not paid for by the public. He flies on his own private plane and all expenses incurred are paid out of his own money. He’s the only mayor that we’ve ever had that has not cost the city money for his expenses.
        Since it’s his own plane, he can fly for a day to Bermuda. Big deal. Have you ever gone anywhere during your days off, even just for a day? That’s all he did.
        It doesn’t say that he took off while working. Do you work 7 days a week? He hardly ever takes a day off, but once in a while , he likes to go to one of his other houses. People are just faulting him for having the money to be able to fly away for a day.

      2. TJ says:

        I wish Obama was as conscientious about the public’s funds as Bloomberg is. Bloomberg’s trips don’t cost the city a dime. Obama took a trip to India and brought along his friends. The trip cost the U.S. taxpayers $2,000,000,000 !
        TWO BILLION DOLLARS is a lot of money, which we can’t afford.
        There was no reason for it. He is bankrupting the U.S. economy and all he did was help India’s economy. This was after his wife , Michelle Obama took a trip to Europe with her friends and her daughter’s friends and families , paid for by the United States taxpayers.

    2. akhdulha says:

      Love your hot dogs & your fries are the bomb! Keep up the good work!

  16. ratso says:

    HA HA..you petty lil NY’ers. HOW DARE YOU QUESTION ME..!!

  17. Steve M. says:

    Petty,envious people….What billionaire in his mind in not going to vacation in Bermuda when he has the means? It’s only an hour+ away. Not as if he flew to Africa……BTW….would the streets have been cleaner if he’d been here?

    1. Nectar says:

      behold, it is not about being envious or petty. people are tired of being ruled by an arrogant little tyrant. and as such, it is our civic duty to speak out any chance we get. lest you forget this is a cornerstone of american democracy. people need to vent their frustrations and this is the perfect forum to do so. so a pox on you, mr. steve m, for thou shall not silence me in these darkest days of our fair city.

      1. Steve M. says:

        ‘darkest days of our fair city’?????’ ‘ruled by a tyrant’??… Wow Drama Queen get a grip, you’ve no idea what a ‘tyrant’ or ‘dark’ is…But feel free to whine on; I love it! ……..

    2. Sick of Bloomberg says:

      He’s not a billionaire, he’s the CORRUPT MAYOR OF NEW YORK. That means his shriveled up crooked A $ $ has to be here when WE say it has to be. He works for us, not the other way around. If he doesn’t like it, HE CAN LEAVE!!!

  18. ALI says:

    I THINK MAYOR NEEDS TO ANSWER ALOT OF QUESTIONS BECUZ NYC WAS IN BIG MESS BECUZ OF BLIZZARD I KNOW BECUZ I HAVE SEEN IT AND I WAS 1 OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO WERE STUCK ON SAME SPOT FOR HOURS AND ABOUT TAKING A VOCATION NOT WHEN HE KNEW BLIZZARD WAS COMING HE SHOULD HAVE STAYED IN NYC HELPING PEOPLE JUST LIKE MAYOR FROM NEWARK, NJ HE REALLY DESERVE TO BE A MAYOR

    1. Steve M. says:

      The mayor of Newark proved himself to be a photo op clown., and more worried about public appearances than results….. Walking around town with a snow shovel? C’mon! He’s not hired to do that; he’s hired to make sure the right people are manning the plows and shovels………..

  19. meyer says:

    funny this garbage comes out when he offends the civil service union, have you heard of the internet? web meeting? i phone , etc – he can do what he needs to do from bermuda- not a problem- as far as irish comment- anyone around the city know irish all drink to much, from the drunken cops and firemen to the teens

  20. Johnny Mastorakis says:

    after a week when two woman where hacked to death on out streets with no help from any one, nice to see that Mayor Malaka has like 100 cops protecting him and his Gang of theives……

    1. Steve M. says:

      Yes it is…

  21. Bridget says:

    It is nice to be king and yes his a billionaire and not much of a mayor. As far as hiding money. I don’t think he really needs to. The planes are his private planes and this blizzard happened during christmas weekend when many people go away. The weather did not indicate that the blizzard was going to be significant until the day before. Everyone, even the mayor is entitled to a vacation as long as its not on the taxpayers dime.

    1. F.J. Leghorn says:

      I think we may have found someone who actually voted for this clown.

      1. midi-man says:

        Didn’t you hear there was no vote from us the King voted him self in.
        But if that is not true you are 100 % correct on your statement.

  22. Johnny Handsome says:

    Wait, so the mayor of NYC doesn’t have to tell anyone when he is leaving the city? Sorry but when my employee – the mayor – is not at his work location, I’d like to know just where he is.

  23. aldous huxley says:

    Bloomberg is a billionaire CEO. He is not a mayor – a public servant – a representative of the people. He does not believe that anyone has the right to question a single thing that he does. It is arrogance to the extreme. The last leader to show this level of arrogance had a funny little mustache and ruled Germany about 70 years ago …

  24. JB says:

    This mayor has always been “too cool for the room”. The rules that would apply to other middle class mayors simply do not apply to him. This mayor thinks that wealth makes him the smartest and most charming guy around. Who has the guts to tell him anything different.

  25. vengeance says:

    It’s nice to be the king.

  26. pat says:

    Of course that where he’s hiding all the MONEY.

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