Black’s first move a no-win situation

Chancellor Black makes the call on school closings.

Cathie Black yesterday made her first major decision as schools chancellor to keep them open, despite the declaration of a weather emergency by the mayor’s office and a warning from the MTA to avoid unnecessary travel.

“There are a lot of parents who said schools should be open,” Margie Feinberg, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education, said yesterday. “Principals will be understanding if kids arrive late.”

But Black’s decision drew ire from some parents, especially in the outer boroughs. “It was not the right decision in terms of safely getting kids to school,” said Rosamaria Giaimo, who lives in Bayside, Queens, on the border with Nassau County where a foot of snow fell. “If they insisted on opening, they should have had it delayed.”

Other parents pointed to mixed signals from the Department of Education, the MTA and the mayor’s office. “If you don’t need to travel tomorrow morning, please don’t,” pleaded MTA Chairman Jay Walder on Tuesday.

Schools are open, but who’s going?

Attendance yesterday:

» Citywide: 46 percent of students showed up
» Elementary: 55 percent
» Middle school: 47 percent
» High school: 37 percent

Compared to last Wednesday, when it didn’t snow:

» Citywide: 89 percent
» Elementary: 93.9 percent
» Middle school: 92.3 percent
» High school: 80.3 percent

6: The number of times New York City public schools have closed since 1978.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

City Council budget asks for 1,000 additional NYPD…

Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito unveiled the City Council's budget priorities on Wednesday, including the extra cops for the NYPD at a cost of $94.3 million.

Local

Behind the costumes at the Brooklyn Cosplay Fashion…

Echo Chronum, 17, is a quiet and reserved Brooklyn high school student who often buries herself in her homework. But there is another side to…

Local

Reddit helps man locate missing mother in New…

The Reddit community helped Josh Goldberg find his missing mother on Tuesday.

National

Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement

The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) agreed on Wednesday to a unity pact.

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, April 23: 'Suburgatory,' 'Modern…

'Suburgatory' The men of "Suburgatory" go camping and Tessa mentors a social outcast in a Miss Chatswin contest, which brings her, once again, into conflict…

The Word

The best lines from Oprah's ex-stepmother's Daily Mail…

Oprah’s ex-stepmother, Barbara Winfrey, is out for revenge.

Books

A debut novel about fate, love and moving…

Pia Padukone talks about her debut novel, "Where Earth Meets Water."

Movies

Review: 'The Railway Man' is a literal-minded look…

In "The Railway Man," Colin Firth plays a WWII vet suffering from massive trauma acquired from his days as a beaten POW.

NBA

Phil Jackson talked to Steve Kerr, pushes for…

Knicks president Phil Jackson spoke to the media for the first time since firing head coach Mike Woodson on Monday.

MLB

Fantasy baseball: Searching for early season prospects

It’s relatively rare for a mediocre 30-year-old hitter to suddenly go nuts offensively for 162 games. That’s why minor league prospects are so exciting.

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC 'targeting' US international Mix Diskerud

Metro New York has learned Mix Diskerud has drawn “interest” from the expansion MLS side, NYCFC.

NFL

Jets announce they will return to Cortland for…

The tradition of holding camp in Cortland began in 2009 when Rex Ryan wanted to get his Jets away from the distractions of New York City.

Style

Pippa Middleton's Etsy pick: Golden Thread Jewelry

Get a look at the jewelry Pippa Middleton loves and find out how you can buy it too.

Parenting

What every parent needs to know to get…

Mom and author of "Small Talk," Tracey Blake, shares her five practical tips to help you develop your children's language skills.

Sex

Subway crush: Meet your soulmate on your commute

Read about a couple who has been 40 years after meeting on the train.

Tech

Happy birthday, Game Boy! The handheld console turns…

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 this week. To commemorate, we look at some of its better games, like "Tetris" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening."