Michael Bloomberg, who is still the mayor of New York City until December 30, made his first public appearance since Sunday’s horrific Metro North train wreck at the St. Barnabus Hospital in the Bronx, where he arrived in the evening to visit survivors of the crash.
Asked by reporters where he had been all day, Bloomberg responded: “What can I do? I’m not a professional firefighter or police officer. Nothing I can do. 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.”
Still the questions persisted. Monday morning, an answer seems to have surfaced — according to a Wall Street Journal report, Bloomberg was on a golf course in Bermuda during the wreck itself and the critical hours that followed.
At 1:26 p.m. this tweet was sent out from Bloomberg’s official account:
Thoughts and prayers with those impacted by today’s train derailment. If you are looking for a loved one who was onboard, call 311.
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) December 1, 2013
The mayor’s spokesman, Marc LaVorgna, did not respond to an inquiry from the Voice requesting confirmation of the report. On Sunday, LaVorgna told reporters Bloomberg was a no-show at the crash site because the MTA is technically a state agency.
Governor Cuomo was at the accident site Sunday morning, flanked by NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and MTA Chairman Thomas Prendergast. Cuomo led an afternoon briefing with the National Transportation Safety Board as well.
If Bloomberg was in the islands during the crisis, it wouldn’t be the first time. He was also reportedly in Bermuda when a blizzard swept through New York City in 2010.
The mayor told reporters at the hospital Sunday that he was briefed shortly after the wreck, which occurred around 7:20 a.m. If the Journal‘s report is true, the report Bloomberg received was, apparently, not enough to draw him away from the glistening seaside golf links, where 18 holes costs $250 per person. Can you blame him? (Kidding!) (Not really!)
A round of golf can take anywhere from four to six hours, so its anyone’s guess where precisely Bloomberg was when heard the news. Was he pulling out Big Bertha on the 1st tee, nicknamed “Atlantic”? Wiping the ocean spray from his brow at, “Eden,” A.K.A. hole 3? Searching for his ball in the “Beautiful Natural Grass Growth” around hole 13, “Biarritz”?