De Blasio family going to Italy for 10-day vacation

De Blasio family going to Italy for 10-day vacation

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Forza Italia! Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family are going on vacation to Italy for ten days. It is the longest vacation by any New York City mayor in recent memory.

“Bill and I have always wanted Chiara and Dante to know where they come from,” said McCray in a blog post titled “Returning to Italy.” “We loved bringing Chiara and Dante to visit these places, where they could personally experience their rich, complex and beautifully diverse heritage.”

The De Blasios will start their vacation on July 18 and stay in Italy with stops in Rome, Naples, and Venice, according to the New York Daily News

The De Blasio family visited Italy in 2010 and spent time in Sant’Agata del Goti, the hometown of Mayor de Blasio’s maternal grandfather.

“Returning to Italy this summer will be a homecoming for our family,” said Grant. “And, as our first family trip together since we went to Niagara Falls in 2012, it will be a moment to enjoy some much-needed time with Chiara and Dante.”

Mayor de Blasio will hold briefings every day with his staff in New York while in Italy, according to the Daily News. 

First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris will be in charge of day-to-day operations while the mayor is in Italy. Three aides will accompany de Blasio on his trip, and they will pay for their accommodations on days they are not conducting city business. Other costs, such as security, will be paid for by the city.

De Blasio will mix in some official business with sightseeing, city officials said. He will meet with several Italian mayors and government officials and do interviews with Italian media, many of whom covered his mayoral run a year ago.

De Blasio's predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, frequently went out of town for three-day weekends but did not take a full week off during his 12 years in office.

And Rudolph Giuliani, who held the office before Bloomberg, only took a handful of days off during his entire first term.

De Blasio's team also said the mayor would cut short his trip if a crisis emerges back home. Workers at the Long Island Rail Road, one of the city's major commuter trains systems, have threatened to go on strike July 20, two days after de Blasio leaves.

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