The decision was made shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday.

Updated 1/27/11 4:53 a.m.

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City public schools will be closed Thursday after a fast-moving storm moved full-force into the region overnight bringing an icy mix of snow and rain.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a winter weather emergency Wednesday and said sanitation crews were on 12-hour split shifts and as part of the city’s new 15-point snow action plan, developed earlier this month, equipment and personnel from the departments of transportation, parks and environmental protection will also be plowing streets from the outset of snow-clearing operations.

WCBS 880 Reporter Rich Lamb with Bloomberg’s reaction to our very snowy winter

In Whitestone, many residents wished the mayor had declared a full-scale snow emergency instead of the weather emergency, CBS 2’s Magee Hickey reports. “He should go all the way,” resident John Campo said. “He got burned once; he shouldn’t get burned again.”

Many in Whitestone expected the snow plows to pass them by again, like they said has happened in most snowstorms since the Lindsay administration. “I haven’t seen any plows here,” Roger Fahey said. “They forgot about us in the first snowstorm – everybody blew it.”

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1. The public is urged to avoid all unnecessary driving for the duration of the storm and until further directed, and to use public transportation wherever possible. If you must drive, use extreme caution. Information about any service changes to public transportation is available on the MTA website at the MTA’s Web Site.

“If you must drive during the rest of the day I strongly urge you to use extreme caution and to refrain from driving tomorrow — use mass transit instead,” Bloomberg said.

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2. Any vehicle found to be blocking roadways or impeding the ability to plow streets shall be subject to towing at the owner’s expense.

3. Effective immediately, alternate side parking, payment at parking meters and garbage collections are suspended citywide until further notice.

4. The Emergency Management, Fire, Police, Sanitation, and Transportation Commissioners will be taking all appropriate and necessary steps to preserve public safety and to render all required and available assistance to protect the security, well-being and health of the residents of the City.

Comments (57)
  1. It is I says:

    How hard is it to declare a severe weather emergency like Ohio where they have levels where only emergency vehicles are allowed to be out, and close everything down?! There are people required to go into work all because the Mayor won’t shut everything down. Who is going to take responsibility for all the drivers and road conditions? Think about how many accidents and deaths there have been due to minor storms. This could cause many more. It is absurd that employers are requiring their employees to go into work as well. I am outraged.

  2. wlop says:

    This snow is driving me nuts….shoveling and not able to drive anywhere is sickening.Thats why im moving to florida ahhh I almost feel the warmth..haha

  3. lady d says:

    I live in Michigan and if we had that much snow – there is no way we would be going to school or work except when necessary and the hospitals send trucks to pick up their people.

  4. school kid says:

    What about the regents does anyone know?

    There’s no way for me to get to school and no one is saying If the test is still on or not.

    If anyone knows please tell me!


    1. NYC Teacher says:

      To all the kids worried about the Regents Exams—

      Schools are CLOSED! There will be noone there!! Please don’t try and go, because I’m a teacher and I promise you we are all staying home. The test will be rescheduled if necessary. Enjoy your day off.

    2. valschool says:

      Its not you will have them in the spring because u cant take them today

  5. kenny says:

    So now that the schools are closed… what happens to the kids that have regents?

    1. school kid says:

      Yeah, I want to know too, they aren’t saying anything about it on the news

  6. john says:

    yayyy no school :D:D:D:D:D

  7. Judi says:

    Good Idea. Everyone should call in sick.What is the Mayor thinking. He is putting our TEACHERS and the children at risk. The LIRR is shut down as well as the buses. Everyone is snowed in and he is worried about state aid. Time to think of people. You made a mistake with the other storm, NOW DO THE RIGHT THING!!!!!!!!!!! would you want your family driving on these roads. Highway (% is completely shut down. Make the right decision for everyone and keep everyone safe and off the roads. Let the plows do their work.

    1. john says:

      school is now shut …bravo ..the NYC school idiots finally found some sense



  9. Queens Mom says:

    I refuse to send my children to school. I refuse to endanger the bus driver and my children. I’ve been up all night as my street is not plowed (not even once) and cars are getting stuck as soon as they turn on my block. MTA suspends bus service, but wants to keep schools open. I don’t mind a 5 am decision as school is not a daycare, however, I really hope he chooses to display a little common sense. Unheard of with him, I know.

  10. orange apron says:

    I just wish HOME DEPOT stores close today!! Last time they forced 5 workers to stay in order to open to the public. People have no choice than to risk their life for 9.50 an hour. Does Home Depot really care for Customers? no if they make their own employees and their family suffer in situations like this one.

  11. Rebecca says:

    In the school I work at, a parent called up crying because the family got in an accident. A teacher also was shaking her head in the office because she too got in an accident on the way to school and family members were still dealing with it on the road. During lunch I heard of more accidents. There are snow days for a reason- safety first.

  12. Cindy says:

    My sister goes to a NYC public high school. The snow yesterday wasn’t even severe as this one and she accidently slipped. It is ridiculous if school is open tomorrow, we are talking about inches and inches of snow. In addition my brother have to walk to school and I’m worried about his safety.

  13. Not my mayor says:

    What everyone should do is at 5:00am If he says schools are open teachers should call in sick and the parents of children that care about their kids call their school and tell them they are not coming in. Then maybe the mayor will get a clue. The school year has more days then needed to get federal aid. They are emergency days and if they are not used we do not get them off anyway. Glad I did not vote for this dummy He is your mayor vote him out before it is to late. He has the chancellor in his pocket he tells them what to do and what to say If they disagree then he kicks them out.

  14. Dawgma says:

    You give a warning to motorists to stay off the road, yet can’t extend the same courtesy and care to children. The children end up going to half-filled classrooms where proper instruction can’t be instituted even with the teachers who are able to make it to work. So instead of shutting down schools and giving parents the time to make the necessary arrangements, Bloomberg has transformed pubic schools into mediocre daycare centers at the expense of the teachers’ and students’ safety. Bravo…Bloomberg has made it obviously clear from his actions that his care for the school employees is non existent…his recent Chancellor appointment…his push for Charter schools…these “weather warnings”. If he really cares…oops…he doesn’t.

    1. valschool says:

      Yea they want to put a elementry school in my middle school HOW STUPID IS THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  16. Gina Boonshoft says:

    The last time schools were declared open at 5:00 am, the city was still recommending that adults stay off the roads due to very hazardous conditions. I do not understand why children aren’t given the same courtesy. In addition, NYC High Schoolers have great distances to travel. Many will have to leave home at 5:00 in order to make it to school on time. Perhaps the new commissioner and our elitist mayor think about all their constituents. School kids can’t vote, but their parents can. One more thing, many teachers will not be able to make it in, especially if they do not live in any of the five boroughs. So let the kids trudge through dangerous conditions to appear in a near-empty school with missing teachers.

    1. Melanie says:

      I completely agree with your statement and the others that are written here. One thing not mentioned though is that when the schools are open in this horrible weather, they tend to cancel the bus service. This means that people would have to walk or drive their kids to school or just keep them home. Special education children are required to have door to door service and with snow still not cleaned up from the first snow storm and garbage still not being picked up, this is not being followed meaning special education parents whose kids IEPS say door to door service can sue the city. I don’t know how this guy is still Mayor. He is a complete moron, and that’s putting it nicely. Garbage still has not been picked up since the first snow storm in places, leaving little room to walk and people just need to get on him to use his brain and cancel the schools the night before. As a teacher, I know fellow teachers that must leave their homes before 5am. If they have to wait till 5, they are late and sometimes wind up getting stuck on the way and getting in trouble with the principals. I speak from experience in that matter. I repeat ridiculous.

      1. valschool says:

        He got voted in because he is worth over 18 billion dollars.

  17. bloomberg for president says:

    rubbish, Mr Mayor, just shut down the schools and save the city $$ from being sued …..

  18. Coco says:

    Why do parents have to wait until 5 am? Can’t us parents figure it out for ourselves? My daughter is not going to school because I am letting her stay home. I don’t have to wait for Bloomturd to make my decision for me. Everyone, be a parent and don’t listen to the mayor. Make your own judgement. Come on. We are parents, not children. Stop blaming the mayor and get your butts an alternative plan or something. He doesn’t care about your children. You have to do that. Duh!

  19. Durre Shahwar says:

    I think that’s stupid to get up at 5 in the morning just to see the announcement.It’s not fair with parents. Anyways I m not sending my kids God forbid they fall on sidewalk and hurt themselves. He is just unbelievable.

  20. darweezzy says:

    suck on my nuts bloomberg

  21. Mean Moron Mayor says:

    In 33 years NYC public schools were closed only 6 times due to snow storms. Close the dam schools already. The mayor is an idiot.

  22. Chris says:

    I work in a public school. Regardless of what bloomberg says…I’m staying home. Parents should use common sense. Ithe few students that show up play games and watch movies. attendance rates were under 30% during the last big storm. Out of 500 special needs students only 31 showed up. So, what can these kids learn on a day like this?

  23. Sara says:

    This week is regents week for most high schools. If the School closes, it totally going to mess up the regents schedules or maybe students still needs to go to school to take the regents.

  24. ivan says:

    Wow Im 13 and i can’t seem to understand why he wont just close the school for a day to save a few lives? I mean seriously is he thinking like “I shall show how much i care for the student by risking their lives??”

  25. TeacherMom says:

    Speaking as a NYCDOE Teacher and a parent, I had no alternative but to send my son (who has special needs) to school during the last snow storm. He was the only student present in his class and on his bus! The senseless decisions on the part of the mayor places lives at risk. What is he trying to prove? We already get that he could care less about teachers but what about the students claims to care so much about? Putting their lives at risk proves otherwise!

  26. Valannin says:

    So it’s another weather emergency where New Yorkers are to expect dangerous conditions and are urged to keep off the roads? Except, of course, for the parents, teachers, bus drivers, school workers, and everyone else who has to drive to the schools?

    We’re not your babysitters, Emperor Bloomberg. Last time you dropped the ball, I ended up driving 10 miles an hour through the un-plowed, icy streets to supervise 200 kids in a gym for 5 hours. I didn’t get two Masters Degrees so you could pander to the State Education Fund and gloat about your attendance rates. Tomorrow, regardless of your decision, you’re paying me to stay home. I urge the rest of New York’s Brightest to do the same.

    1. TeacherMom says:

      @ Valannin… couldn’t agree with you more! 🙂

  27. LeslieS says:

    He can’t win. If the storm misses us, then everyone will be mad the school isn’t open. No matter what everyone complains.

  28. Simon says:

    I am a parent and a NYC teacher. The last snowstorm, I was running around at the last minute trying to find someone to watch my kids because I wasn’t going to risk their safety even if the mayor doesn’t care. I figured they would sit in an auditorium and watch movies, they can do that at home safe!
    I then went to work, in a school for special needs children, where 53 students out of 300 or so showed up, and 80+ staff members out. The kids went into the gym and watched movies, so tell me, how are we essential people in an emergency situation? Are we educators or babysitters?

    1. Terry6206 says:

      Great comment — thanks for letting us know how it really is for teachers; common sense would help all around.

    2. J. Marie says:

      Bloomberg seems to forget that although kids live within walking distance to their local public schools, the people who work in these schools do not! There are a lot of schools that are not near any kind of public transportation. So to declare a snow emergency for the city, but still open the public schools is a slap in the face to all public school employees! He’s blatently telling them that he doesn’t care about their safety!

      1. Tray says:

        i travel 90 miles to the city to work every day, I know people drive, maybe not as many miles, but a lot, and our lives are very important. So few kids come to school on snow days like this is it worth it to be open? Why does the Major decide and not the Chancellor? What does she have to say about teachers risking their lives to come to empty classrooms?

  29. Barbara Ann says:

    Close the schools. Let the kids be safe at home. Why wait till 5 in the morning to make a decision?

  30. Kirsten Vaccaro says:

    Mayor Bloomberg Should Close NYC School Tomorrow!

    They Said If Can Please Stay Off The Roads Tomorrow!

  31. Donna says:

    mayor bloomberg….do you have a brain….do you hear what you say….we are in an emergency with the weather…stay off roads,,,,but lets keep the school open so our teachers, administration and students rislk there lives to get to school….where over 300 children will be absent…..if not more,..,,what sense does that make…….stay home in bed safe with your family


    1. Michelle says:

      We sent my daughter to school the last time there was a big storm that school should have been closed. 1/3 of her class was missing and all they did was play games and draw pictures in AP 1st grade. If you can keep your kids home, I think that it’s your call as the parent.

    2. kitty says:

      I totally agree. One end said stay off the road, the other end said school will keep open meaning kids have to stay ON the road…. Conflict, conflict, conflict! What brain does he have?

  32. Ellen says:

    Going off the subject here. Please don’t turn you heat down all that much at night. Frozen pipes and all that.

  33. Godzilla says:

    It was smart to wait until after morning rush to suspend street cleaning. You had cars fighting for spots on the snow covered streets while kids were walking to school. Did they not know the snow was coming?

  34. liz says:

    T o Reach Mayor Bloomberg —Dial —1-800- Dial a Joke!

  35. Lourdes Rodriguez says:

    why wait until 5:00 am to close school, parents with small kids need enough time to find babysitter/care. Since you don’t have small kids you don’t give a damn!

  36. melody says:

    someone please give mayor bloomberg a nice cup of yellow snow

  37. ringo says:

    Anyone who slips and falls in the snow on a city sidewalk will be immediately arrested and charged with loitering!

  38. midi-man says:

    SAN man you think so I think he borrowed them form some one else. maybe Rudy’s ! He is the only mayor that had a set to get stuff done and look out for the working class people.

  39. JOEY BD says:

    New Poll: SICK OF THE MAYOR?


  40. sandbagged says:

    You can vote for all three options in the poll, so I did.




    1. Dumbie says:

      Dum response

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