New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg was in Washington, D.C. Saturday night when news of a thwarted bomb attack in Times Square reached him. Details surfaced shortly after in regards to Bloomberg’s response:
After the dinner, Bloomberg had planned to attend the Vanity Fair Bloomberg Party. The mayor and his group never made it there. When the dinner ended around 11 p.m., Bloomberg and his entourage headed directly to the airport. Aides said the mayor was disinclined to leave before the president spoke.
The mayor’s private plane departed for New York City shortly before midnight. In addition to the mayor, the passengers included [Police Commissioner Raymond] Kelly; the mayor’s girlfriend, Diana Taylor; mayoral press secretary Stu Loeser; a member of the mayor’s advance team, Jamie Lee; and several police officers.
The mayor had dinner last night in Times Square with a police officer who played a key role in the incident. “He likes to make a point of showing New York is open for business,” Loeser told The Wall Street Journal.