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NYC mayor’s plan for rail strike? I’m outta here
因應鐵路罷工? 紐約市長閃人度假

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attends a news conference at New York City Hall on July 17.
紐約市市長白思豪七月十七日在紐約市市政廳參加一場記者會。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

New York’s tabloid newspaper front pages are easy to imagine — a photo of a nightmarish traffic jam caused by a strike at the largest US commuter railroad juxtaposed with a shot of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sunning himself on an Italian beach.

Despite the potentially damaging political optics, the Democratic mayor on July 19 embarked on a nine-day Italian vacation in the face of a looming Long Island Rail Road strike, which if it had happened would have paralyzed portions of the largest US city.

The mayor had said he would return from his trip if a crisis arose, but signaled that he believed his team could manage without him.

Even before the Long Island Rail Road labor talks broke down, the trip, funded in part by taxpayers, raised eyebrows. De Blasio has been in office only since January, and his vacation is scheduled to last longer than those of recent mayors.

(AP)

紐約八卦畫報的頭版不難預料:一張全美最大通勤鐵路罷工所導致的噩夢般交通阻塞的照片,旁邊再配上一張紐約市市長白思豪在義大利海灘上曬日光浴的照片。

儘管這可能對他的政治形象造成潛在傷害,這位民主黨籍市長打定主意,七月十九日展開九天的義大利度假之旅。若長島鐵路真的罷工,全美最大城市紐約市的許多地區可能會因此癱瘓。

這位市長已表示,倘若爆發危機,他就會返回紐約;但他暗示,他深信他的團隊可以在他不在的情況下把事情處理好。

即便在長島鐵路勞資談判破裂前,這趟部分經費由納稅人負擔的旅行,就已引人側目。白思豪今年一月才上台,但他的假期比最近歷任市長都要長。

(美聯社/翻譯:張沛元)

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. in the face of idiom

儘管 (jin2 guan3)

例: She dropped out of school in the face of strong opposition from her parents.

(儘管父母強烈反對,她還是輟學了。)

2. break down idiom

故障;失敗;崩潰 (gu4 zhang4; shi1 bai4; beng1 kui4)

例: My car broke down on my way to work this morning.

(我的車在今早上班途中故障。)

3. raise eyebrows idiom

引人側目 (yin3 ren2 ce4 mu4)

例: His tight pants raised a few eyebrows at the convention.

(他的緊身褲在大會中引人側目。)


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