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The Call Blog: Mayor De Blasio's Team Takes Over As Storm Approaches

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So much for easing into office. A winter storm is approaching and the transition of government will be put to the test. Fortunately, the rank and file know what to do. The only ones learning on the job will be Mayor de Blasio and his new commissioners.

Also, we received hundreds of emails from viewers tonight. Nine out of ten agreed schools should be closed and a decision should be made tonight. Unfortunately, I raced home to beat the storm and cannot post them. My bad, as the kids say.

On his first full day as New York City's new mayor, Bill de Blasio said he is focused "like a laser" on a winter storm approaching the five boroughs. The National Weather Service is forecasting four to eight inches of snow overnight, and Mayor de Blasio said he would decide in the morning whether to close schools.

His new schools chancellor, Carmen Farina, will also be involved in the decision. The former teacher and principal spent the day visiting classrooms in the Bronx. Also today, Bill Bratton was sworn in as the new police commissioner. Bratton said his priorities are to keep crime low, keep the city safe from terrorism, and address residents' concerns that they are being "over-policed." What do you say?

Are you confident in the team assembled by Mayor de Blasio? What should their priorities be in their first year in office? If you watched yesterday's mayoral inauguration, what were the highs and lows? Should public schools be closed tomorrow?

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Hi John

I know Mayor Deblasio would have a hands on approach when it comes to the winter storm that's approaching, Bloomberg went to a warm place while the city suffered through the blizzard of 2010 I think Commisoner Bratton will do a good job he just have to change the policy of stop and frisk. Ms Farina will be a excellent schools chancellor. she would be there for all the parents and kids she would create more bilingiual classes for those that cant speak english. I think the schools should be closed tomorrow if the wind chill is going to be below zero and the snow is going to be bad some kids travel to schools by bus that's dangerous the bus could slide on ice and create a bad accident, parents should make sure the kids study for tests not just play in the snow.

Upper west side

I am very confident in the team and the new mayor. I feel he chose wisely and look forward to a new time in NYC. Schools should be closed tomorrow. It's Friday and why risk safety of parents children and staff .

Arden Heights.

I am excited by this new team and by the tone that Mayor de Blasio is setting.

I have no opinion on school closure since it is not even snowing yet, but re: education, I am hoping so much to hear Mr. de Blasio say ASAP that he is shaking up the Panel for Educational Policy so that he does NOT appoint the majority of its members. After years and years of the PEP rubber-stamping mayoral wishes - even in the face of tremendous opposition by stakeholders and elected officials - this change would be a huge step toward interests in transparency, openness and willingness to LISTEN that the mayor and Chancellor Farina have already expressed.


Mayor DeBlasio and Chancellor Farina should close all city public schools as this major winter storm is approaching our region.Why should thousands of parents, students, teachers, principals and other school personnel have to wait until 5 a.m. the next morning to find out if the schools will be open or not? If Governor Cuomo has said that he may close some major roads,including the Long Island Expressway to prevent people from being stranded during the storm, then why in heaven's name can't the mayor and chancellor follow suit and just simply close the city schools? There are emergency days that are built into the school calendar for just this reason. Many teachers and other school personnel who work in our schools live out on Long Island or in New Jersey ,or in lower upstate New York. There is no way that they will be able to make it in,should the storm strike the area with awesome fury.Mother Nature has already demonstrated her fury and awesome power over the last several years,and we need to be most aware and prepared to deal with that.

Fresh Meadows, NY


After seeing this collection of nimrods speaking, their priority after their first day in office should be to resign. They are destroyers.

Port Richmond, SI

Civil Servant contracts have to be addressed. We know Bloomberg left a mess and the contracts should be brought to the table and resolved. The cost of living is not stagnant.

Park Hill

Close the schools tomorrow. Give New Yorkers a break mayor de blasio.

Ann from Tampa Florida

Looks like they are closing everything but schools,,,not smart ,, with schools open we cant stay off the road..They should consider school buses trying to travel in this dangerous weather. How will the new Mayor look if there is a serious accident?


I think the school should be closed. keep the kids safe


Hey this is mariyam....I'm a seventh grader and actually I wanted to tell you guys my opinion about if there should be schools open tomorrow... in my opinion all schools should be closed because all students that walks to school are going to be frozen....please tell us if the schools are going to be open or not....Thank you!!! ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP