Parents, Teachers and Political Allies Blast Mayor for Not Closing Schools - NY1 (video)
Then, in the middle of the most tense news conference de Blasio has faced since taking office, his schools chancellor made her first public blunder.
“By the way, just coming down here, it has totally stopped snowing. It is absolutely a beautiful day out there right now,” said Chancellor Carmen Fariña.
That was at 11 a.m., just as snow was turning to rain. complicating rather than clearing conditions in many parts of the city. The comment only seemed to fuel the backlash, much of which came through social media, including a critical Facebook page with more than 20,000 "likes" by the end of the school day.