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NY1 ItCH: The Mayor Gets Snowed In by a Ton of Questions

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This mayoral honeymoon has been officially called off on account of snow.

Mayor de Blasio just got slammed by the New York City press corps which peppered him with questions about his decision to keep schools open on a day in which drivers are being urged to stay off the snowy roads.

In a supreme moment of disconnect, Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina told the scrum of reporters that the "snow stopped and now it’s a beautiful day out."

The mayor and Farina were apparently relying on a different meteorologist besides NY1’s John Davitt , who predicted that today would be a mess. NBC weatherman Al Roker – who has become a one-man anti-de Blasio hurricane – ripped the mayor on his Twitter feed and defended the National Weather Service: “How dare @NYCMayorsOffice @NYCSchools throw NWS under the school bus. Forecast was on time and on the money.”

The credibility of the mayor is sinking under the weight of the snow – on top of the controversy surrounding his intervention for a Brooklyn bishop who was arrested on Monday because of two outstanding warrants on minor charges.

After being blanketed by snow questions, the mayor then spoke at length about the arrest of Orlando Findlayter, describing his phone call on behalf of the bishop as “perfectly appropriate.”

But even one of the mayor’s top Democratic allies – City Comptroller Scott Stringer – questioned whether it was appropriate for the mayor to have reached out to the NYPD about the arrest.

“The rule is, the mayor shouldn’t be involved in any way about somebody’s arrest,’’ said Stringer, who called the mayor’s actions “problematic.”

De Blasio stood by his actions, telling reporters: “The proof’s in the pudding.”
It’s no wonder that the mayor dropped Staten Island Chuck after learning that winter would last until the middle of March. Spring can’t come soon enough for City Hall.

Bob Hardt

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