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Before the holiday weekend, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio went on the record informing press and public that he and wife Chirlane McCray would leave Friday for Puerto Rico on a personal trip and return Tuesday. He said they would pay for the trip, and travel with police but no other city staff.

Not a huge deal to disclose, you may figure.

By contrast, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo released a statement late Thursday that he was “out of state” with no public events slated. Later his office was coaxed to share that he was “on vacation with family in the Caribbean, returning Monday night.”

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No other details — except Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul would stay in New York. After a bit of prodding, spokesman Richard Azzopardi said Friday that the vacation, wherever it was, would be “paid out of pocket.”

Cuomo's office showed some more opacity Sunday with an email to media proclaiming: "Governor Cuomo is out of the State with No Public Schedule, Returning in the evening."