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Mayor Not Required to Notify Others Before Leaving Town

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Council Member Peter Vallone Jr. during hearing Council Member Peter Vallone Jr. during hearing (William Alatriste/ New York City Council)

A bill requiring New York City mayors to notify other city officials when they take out-of-town trips is not going anywhere.

City Councilman Peter Vallone said City Council Speaker Chris Quinn decided the bill won't get a hearing — an important step in the bill ratification process.

The Queens council member said the bill was never about prying into Mayor Michael Bloomberg's private life.

"I don't want anyone to think that this was aimed at this mayor. It's just a public safety issue by the time it would go through the hearing process and vote there isn't much time left on my term or his term. It's more for the future," he said.

The bill would have only required notification of travel 250 miles or farther from New York City, and not the exact location.

Vallone drafted the bill after last winter's blizzard, which took place when the mayor and the deputy mayor for operations were apparently out of town.

Quinn's office did not respond to a request for comment.

Vallone said if there was a situation where phone were down and planes were grounded council members would need to know who was in charge.

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