De Blasio family vacationing in Italy for 10 days starting on July 18
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio will take a 10-day family vacation to his ancestral Italy, his office said on Friday, the longest personal trip a mayor has taken away from the city in many years.
De Blasio, his wife, Chirlane McCray, and their children, Chiara and Dante, leave on their summer getaway just seven months into his administration, his office said.
The visit to Rome, Venice and Capri will be split between sightseeing tours and meetings with local government officials.
The family also plans to visit Grassano, a town where his grandparents lived in the early 1900s before coming to the United States.
"Returning to Italy this summer will be a homecoming for our family," McCray said.
First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris will handle day-to-day operations, and de Blasio will hold daily calls with senior staff, his office said.
In the case of an emergency, he would cut his vacation short, his office said. The trip begins on July 18.
An emergency could arise two days later, when some 5,400 unionized Long Island Rail Road workers could strike. The nation's largest commuter rail system carries about 300,000 weekday riders, many of whom commute to jobs in the city from the suburbs.
De Blasio's immediate predecessors did not take lengthy vacations.
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg opted for frequent weekend trips, using his private jet to visit his properties in Bermuda and elsewhere, and routinely kept the jaunts secret from the public.
Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was famously vacation-averse, rarely takings days off.
But New Yorkers do not like if their mayor is out of town during a crisis. Bloomberg faced harsh criticism when he was vacationing in Bermuda at the start of a crippling December 2010 blizzard.