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The new head of the New York City public schools was slammed on social media after comments she made and then tried to back away from at a news conference explaining why schools were open.

Chancellor Carmen Farina started answering a question about the rational for opening the schools during a major winter storm by saying, "It is absolutely a beautiful day out there right now."

A few minutes later, Mayor Bill de Blasio tried to temper her statement by saying she didn't imply that it was conditions like her husband was experiencing in south Florida.

When peppered about the decision on Thursday, Mayor de Blasio said, "We don't shut down in the face of some adversity."

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the lower Hudson Valley, New York City and Long Island on Thursday because of the storm.

The snow developed around midnight and became heavy during the Thursday morning commute. It started ending in the city just before noon but another round was expected to roll through the city later in the day.

Farina added that the decision to keep schools open was made by "twelve people sitting around a table."

She also claimed that for every day that students are out of class they "regress" educationaly the equivalent of two days.

Parents took to the Fox 5 Facebook page to blast the decision.

"Good thing she's not a meteorologist!" Robert Thomas posted.

Michael O'Rourke wrote: "This is just the begginning(sic) folks,DeBlasio has surrounded himself with anyone who agrees with his agenda..just the beginning."

De Blasio and Farina also stated that schools are the only safe place many people have for their children to be warm and get a meal during the day.

Only 45% of public school students in New York City made it to school on Thursday, according to school administrators.  The numbers were much lower on Staten Island, which does not have an extensive subway system like the rest of the city.

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