Mayor Bloomberg Didn’t Respond to the Metro-North Derailment Because He Was Golfing in Bermuda

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Ask Mayor Bloomberg why he didn't go to the scene of the deadly train derailment in the Bronx or participate in press conferences throughout the day, and he'll reply thusly, as he did last night:

What can I do? I’m not a professional firefighter or a police officer. There’s nothing I can do. What I can do is make sure that the right people from New York City — our police commissioner, our fire commissioner and our emergency management commissioner — are there and that they have all the resources that they want.

That's not the entire explanation, however. As many suspected, Bloomberg didn't show up at the site of the accident, because, as is his wont, he was golfing in Bermuda at the time. In fact, he continued golfing for hours after the incident, according to The Wall Street Journal. The optics of that aren't great, but he's right that he really wouldn't have contributed much anyway, and with one month left in his term, Bloomberg is just about done caring about optics.