From the Morning Memo:

Update: Asked and answered.

The governor, according to his office, is on vacation with his family in the Caribbean and will return on Monday night. During the trip, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul will remain in New York, the administration said.

Here is the original post/memo item:

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s schedule, which was released shortly after 10 p.m. last night, the governor is “out of the state” today with no public events on his agenda.

No additional information about where the governor has gone, how long it will be before he returns to New York, and – perhaps most importantly – whether LG Kathy Hochul is in charge in his absence, was immediately available.

(To be fair, I did email two Cuomo spokespeople at 4:31 a.m., and not everyone is awake and working at that hour).

The governor’s press office is notoriously tight-lipped when it comes to his personal time. The governor himself is very sensitive, understandably, about his family. Though his daughters and long-time live-in girlfriend, Food Network star Sandra Lee, do attend public events from time to time, the administration generally discourages any extraneous media coverage they might receive.

Cuomo’s public schedule often says the governor is in the “New York City area”, which reporters (at least this one) usually interpret as “home in Westchester,” though that really could mean anywhere in the NYC metro area – including, technically speaking, the Hamptons, across the Hudson in New Jersey, or even somewhere in Connecticut.

The question of who’s minding the store when Cuomo is not in New York should be an easy one to answer. According to the state Constitution, the lieutenant governor – in this case, Hochul – is in charge when the governor is “absent from the state.”

But that provision dates back to a time before today’s technology, like cell phones and the Internet. Governors on both sides of the aisle have long maintained that as long as they are reachable, they can remain in charge – no matter where in the world they might be.

Former Gov. David Paterson, who pioneered the practice of appointing an LG (Richard Ravitch) to replace himself when he moved up the food chain to succeed former Gov. Eliot Spitzer after his prostitution scandal, only relinquished his gubernatorial powers when he was under sedation for eye surgery.

At the time, however, the LG post hadn’t yet been filled, and so then-Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno was next in the line of succession.

Early in his first term, Cuomo made a point of sticking around New York as much as possible. So limited was his out-of-state travel, in fact, that he rarely spent a night outside state lines.

He eased that practice toward the end of his first four years in office, however, making some international trips – apparently something he plans to do more of during Term II. His future travel plans include visits to Cuba, Canada, Mexico, Israel, Italy and China – all part of an effort, he says, to help New York expand into international markets.

Certainly Cuomo has earned a little R-and-R – if, in fact, that’s what he’s up to – after this unusually difficult budget season. The governor said it was one of the toughest budgets he has negotiated since he took office in January 2011.

It’s not like much is happening in Albany at the moment. The Legislature is off for its annual spring (Easter/Passover) break, and isn’t due back to work until April 21.

And with a full slate of policy issues on the table, it’s shaping up to be a pretty contentious post-budget session, so everyone needs to rest up for the battle ahead.

Interestingly, Cuomo isn’t the only executive headed out of the state today.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray, are departing on a personal trip to Puerto Rico, according to the mayor’s press office. They’re scheduled to return on Tuesday.

The mayor will be receiving daily briefings during his absence, according to a spokesman. And First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris will be running things while de Blasio is out of town, though technically speaking, Public Advocate Tish James is next in the line of succession.

The fact that the de Blasio administration was willing to disclose the first couple’s trip stands in stark contrast to the approach to the governor’s personal travel adopted by his press office, and also the “you don’t need to know” philosophy of the Bloomberg administration when it came to the former billionaire mayor’s personal time.

Bloomberg maintains a number of residences in Colorado, London and Bermuda. He visited all of them during his time at City Hall, but his press office was generally not forthcoming when it came to the mayor’s personal time.

Bloomberg got into hot water when he was in Bermuda during the start of a massive snowstorm that brought the city more or less to a halt in 2010. And he was on the island again in 2013 when a train derailed in the Bronx.