Off the Record

Greta: Has NYC Mayor De Blasio gone stupid?

'Off the Record', 2/13/14: New mayor in war of words with NBC weatherman Al Roker after widespread criticism for keeping NY public schools open during severe storm


By Greta Van Susteren

Let's go "Off the Record" for just a minute. Has New York City's new Democratic mayor Bill de Blasio gone stupid? Real stupid?

It's one thing to fight with Republicans, but another thing to fight with the weatherman. Al Roker blasting Mayor de Blasio for keeping New York City schools open today, despite a brutal storm dumping nearly a foot of snow in the Big Apple. Roker tweeted "I knew this morning the New York City mayor's office and New York City schools would close schools. Talk about a bad prediction. Long range de Blasio forecast: One term. And New York City mayor's office says snow was faster, heavier than expected. No, Mr. Mayor, it came as predicted. Don't blame weather for your poor policy."


Well, Mayor de Blasio hit Roker right back during a news conference.


BILL DE BLASIO, MAYOR OF NEW YORK CITY: I respect Al Roker a lot. Watched him on TV for many, many years. It's a different thing to run a city than to give the weather on TV.


Ouch! Well, then Roker respondED with a scathing tweet posting "Mr. Mayor, I could never run New York City, but I know when it's time to keep kids home from school." And Mayor de Blasio isn't the only official raising eyebrows today. Here's New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina's take on the weather.


CARMEN FARINA, NEW YORK CITY SCHOOLS CHANCELLOR: It's totally stopped snowing. It is absolutely a beautiful day out there right now.


Beautiful day? Chancellor Farina may not be in favor of a snow day, but maybe she should take a medical day and get her eyes checked. The snow is bad. But it looks like New York City's leadership, well, that's a real mess.

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