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Al Roker, NYC mayor smooth over their snow spat

Al Roker Chats with Bill De Blasio on 'Today'

NEW YORK (AP) - TV weatherman Al Roker and New York City's mayor have made up after a spat over snow and school closings.

Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) and the meteorologist met cordially on camera on NBC'S "Today" show Monday. Earlier this month, Roker chastised de Blasio on Twitter for keeping schools open during a storm that left nearly 10 inches of snow.

Roker said Monday the two chatted about the issue and both "want the best for the school kids and our city." De Blasio agreed and says letting people know about weather hazards is "something we do together."

He gave Roker a city Sanitation Department ball cap and invited him to join in next time the city needs plowing.

The National Weather Service is forecasting snow in the city Wednesday and Saturday.

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Culinary Dynamic February 24 2014 at 11:41 AM

Al Roker is just a big buffoon and should move on from the morning show, he has had his day. Move over and give some younger person a chance

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raydelv February 24 2014 at 10:07 AM

The public school system is supposed to be a learning institution not a child care institution. This is why the Mayor does not close the schools during a blizzard. On the other hand he tells the public if you don’t have to go out stay home. I’m sure attendance was low and teachers called out sick during this period.

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Ruth Machover February 24 2014 at 9:51 AM

That was a very bad call...the mayor not closing schools that day. He should be sure to get better advice in the future. Go Al!!!!!

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mcogara February 24 2014 at 9:40 AM

living in NYC an going through as many storms as we have had this winter, I'm on AL's side.
DeBlasio and Farino his stupid school person, get picked up at their homes driving in big
trucks to wherever they have to go. They never , ever thought on that Thursday of the kids that have to stand on street corners,waiting for buses or have to walk in the snow. It was a dangerous day, and Al was on the mark, they should have cancelled school…….but Oh no ..they would have loose some state aide that they could easily pu on another day…one less Feb break… It's sad that NBC obviously made Al back down. DeBlasio is a PR pro , he knows how to work the camera's , all is done for PR and nothing , nothing else.

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dbn3 February 24 2014 at 9:05 AM

Bad move Al, you should have stuck to your principles here.

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scottwhitener February 24 2014 at 10:34 AM

Who's Al Roker?? He's suppose to be a weatherman right? Why does anyone pay any attention to what he has to say about a city's management process? Just report what other have put together for him to read and leave politics along.

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mamesq7589 February 24 2014 at 10:23 AM

rocker should stick with the weather,that is all he is. in the first place he is a wimp. so shut up weatherman.

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debmomp February 24 2014 at 10:53 AM

Al, hit the nail on the head with his comments about not closing the schools. NYC folks are lame for voting DeBlasio into office. Not a fan of the Today Show, but was happy to see that Al spoke up!

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chezmaryjousa February 24 2014 at 11:05 AM

I agree with Al— DeBlasio is a one term mayor.

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gigi1105 February 24 2014 at 10:42 AM

get rid of that useless blob of fat!!!! to think he gets paid big bucks is disgusting!!!! that whole show stinks!!!!!

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