Today Mayor Bill de Blasio faced extensive, skeptical questions from the press on two topics: His decision to keep city schools open today despite a major winter storm and his late night call Monday to the NYPD concerning the arrest of locally prominent bishop and friend of de Blasio.
Toward the end of a lengthy series of questions on his decision to open city schools today, de Blasio offered this broad reasoning:
Update – Al v. Bill:
Mayor de Blasio addressed critical twitter comments on his school opening decision from well-known weatherman Al Roker. The question was posed by Newsday’s Matthew Chayes.
Update #2 – Parking Meters:
Mayor de Blasio addressed a lingering New York City snow mystery – why do parking meters remain in effect during major storms, even as alternate side of the street parking regulations are suspended. The mayor made that announcement today, as he has at every snow press conference. The question came from Dana Arschin of News 12.
Update #3 – Full Snow Q&A:
The mayor faced a barrage of skeptical press questions on his decision to open city schools today. Here is the full portion of his press Q&A devoted to snow-related questions.
Update #4 – NYPD, Findlayter & de Blasio:
Finally, here is the “off-topic” portion of the press conference, which focused solely on de Blasio’s Monday night phone call to the NYPD after he learned that a local clergyman, Bishop Orlando Findlayter, had been arrested.