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Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to close public schools Friday made one contingency of New Yorkers very happy, but unfortunately for the new mayor, it's the one that isn't allowed to vote. NY1's Lindsey Christ filed the following report.

On Thursday, city schools reopened from vacation with a new chancellor and new mayor at the helm. On Friday, the chancellor and mayor went to work, but the students got to stay home again with the first snow day of the year.

"I think it's pretty great. We haven't had a snow day in a really long time," said one student.

Snow days are relatively rare in the city. Mayor Michael Bloomberg once went for five years without calling a single one, and it was a hurricane, not snow, that caused students to miss the most school recently.

In this case, new Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was ultimately not just the snow that led him to cancel school, but rather, the combination of snow with bitter cold.

"The temperature, I think, was probably the single most important factor," de Blasio said.

While city parks are often packed on snow days, the mayor said that kids should not spend this one glued to a sled.

"It's very, very cold. It's unusually cold," he said. "We are urging our young people and our parents to remember, the best option today is to stay close to home. The best option is to not be outside.

Two of the newest New Yorkers, though, were thrilled to be outside. The Jmo family moved here five months ago from India, and this is their first snowstorm.

"It was very good, and I enjoy a lot," said one family member.

Her 12 year-old brother couldn't even wait for daylight to start playing.

"He got up early in the morning, 2 o'clock, out of my building, you know, play with the snow, like, two hours," she said. "During that time, lot of snow and windy."

While temperatures did dip to just 10 degrees and parks were less crowded than during past snow days, most kids who did make it out said they were just fine.

They stayed warm doing what kids have always done on a snow day.

"We can make snowmans, snow angels," said one.

"I like to sled. I like to throw snowballs," said another.

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