NEW YORK (AP) - Now New York's mayor can take off without taking heat.
A tentative labor deal Thursday at the nation's biggest commuter railroad was a lifeline for riders - and a political relief for Mayor Bill de Blasio. He'd rankled commuters and even gotten ribbed by comedian Stephen Colbert for planning to leave on an Italian vacation as a potential Long Island Rail Road strike loomed.
The city doesn't run the railroad but would have faced a travel headache.
The strike is now off. And de Blasio's vacation is on, starting Friday. He says it's important to his family, which hasn't had time to travel together in several years.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo helped broker the LIRR agreement. He says he hopes de Blasio enjoys his trip - and he's "a tad envious."
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