Bill de Blasio on Thin Ice Over Public School Decision

The New York City mayor has angered parents and meteorologists alike by keeping public schools open.
3:00 | 02/14/14

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Okay, Linzie, thank you. It's stirring up a political storm. Mayor bill de Blasio causing heat keeping schools open and he's fighting back and Dan Harris joins us with more from central park. Reporter: Good morning to you. It is a proverbial winter wonderland out here this morning. It is not, however, a congenial at moss atmosphere for bill de Blasio. New York's new mayor, bill de Blasio was already on thin ice as it were caught on camera eating pizza with a fork and knife then came the nor'easter. First he told the kids to go to school. I think it's the least bit dangerous they should be call it. Reporter: Which Provos a blizzard, an avalanche pick your snow metaphor of anger with online commenters calling him an idiot and accusing him of endangering children. The mayor stood by his decision. Given the information we had it was right to go ahead with school. Reporter: But then making matters worse, in the middle of the weather mess, his new schools chief said this. By the way, just coming down here it has totally stopped snowing. It is absolutely a beautiful day out there right now. Reporter: Then to top it all off mayor de Blasio seemed to blame the forecasters. We had accumulation of roughly 5 to 8 inches by the end of the morning rush hour and that was heavier and faster than the weather service had predicted last night. Reporter: Meteorologists shot right back. Al roker chiming in on Twitter, long range de Blasio forecast, one term. It was all reminiscent of the kerfuffle in Atlanta that stranded thousands on the road during rush hour when the governor also criticize the meteorologists. Most of the forecast anticipated that the city of Atlanta would only have a mild dusting. Reporter: The president of the American meteorological society hit back on his blog saying "The buses had a tough time getting kids home, but meteorologists should not be thrown under the bus." The governor of Atlanta apologized after that weather mess. No apology from mayor bill de Blasio, at least not yet. George, back to you. Dan, thanks. Ginger, we saw in Dan's piece deja Vu all over blaming the forecasters. It's amazing to me but I would like to show it because the national weather service at 5:00 P.M. Put up this map. 10 to 14 inches is what they have for Manhattan and the timing said that the morning commute would be treacherous. You got it down to the hour when things would be happening. We have those great futurecasts that can do that so that's it. That's why -- Don't blame ginger. This week Thursday was every schoolkid in the tri-state was lining this up as a snow day and that was on the calendar. My kids had a vacation day so they were like -- they were so disappointed that it didn't

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