Bloomberg, who will leave office at the end of this month, owns a house in Bermuda and regularly travels to the island. In late 2010, his trips were criticized after he was absent in the aftermath of a blizzard.
On Sunday night, Bloomberg defended himself when asked by reporters why he was not at the scene of the derailment.
"What can I do? I’m not a professional firefighter or a police officer. There’s nothing I can do. What I can do is make sure that the right people from New York City – our police commissioner, our fire commissioner and our emergency management commissioner – are there and that they have all the resources that they want," Bloomberg said. "I was briefed a few minutes, probably a half an hour after the train wreck, or the first time that I’d heard about it, and we responded in the ways that I think the city should be proud of our emergency first responders. They did exactly what they are supposed to do."
Metro-North is operated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which is a state agency.