Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis defied what has become a cardinal rule for local officials: Don’t go out of town when a big storm is coming.
The Journal News reported today that Davis headed to his alma mater in North Carolina last Friday, even as the storm was clearly headed to the region. Because of the storm, he didn’t get back to his city until yesterday.
Davis’ response: “It is important that we see each other” in regards to his classmates.
The decision didn’t sit well with constituents.
“He should be here with his local community,” said Cory Garcia, who lives in the Fleetwood section, where massive trees still blocked many streets, told the Journal News. “I think he let everybody down.”
City officials said Davis had been in constant communication: “I have been vicariously in the city all of the time,” Davis said in a phone interview with the Journal News as he returned to Mount Vernon.
Asked to respond to people’s disappointment, Davis said, “Tough.”
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was knocked in 2010 when he was apparently in Bermuda when a big snow storm hit the city. And New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was also knocked for being in Florida during a 2010 storm.
Now, they don’t leave when storms are imminent. Gov. Andrew Cuomo canceled a campaign trip to Florida for President Obama last week when the storm was clearly headed toward New York.