City officials told reporters Adams left town Thursday and would return Saturday. They would not divulge where the mayor had gone but stressed Adams was in contact with city officials.
“The mayor is still in touch with everybody on the ground,” spokesperson Fabien Levy told Gothamist. “He is coordinating all the city’s responses.”
Adams disappeared as a “once in a generation” winter storm swept across much of the country, producing dangerous conditions that have knocked out power for more than a million customers, foiled holiday travel plans, and killed more than a dozen people. Governor Kathy Hochul (D-NY) declared a state of emergency on Thursday as the approaching storm threatened plummeting temperatures, slick roads, strong winds, and power outages.
“You’d think a mayor who spends so much time at clubs wouldn’t need to go gallivanting on vacation as New Yorkers freeze and die,” said Bill Neidhardt, a press secretary under former Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Adams needs to make a New Year’s resolution to take this job seriously.”