Al Roker: My tweet about NYC mayor was too much

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, standing with Budget Director Dean Fuleihan, shares a lighter moment while answering questions after delivering his budget address at City Hall in New York Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle, Pool)

NEW YORK (AP) — TV weatherman Al Roker is largely standing by his public shellacking of New York City’s mayor for keeping public schools open during a snowstorm. But he is apologizing for his tweet forecasting “one term” for Bill de Blasio.

Roker said on NBC’s “Today” show Friday that his tweet a day earlier was “below the line.”

Roker said he understands that some kids depend on school meals, and that working parents have trouble arranging backup child care. But he says other cities face the same issues and still close their schools.

He said it’s also a challenge for a working parent to scramble to get children to a school that stays open and then may have to close early.

De Blasio said Thursday that keeping the schools open was the right decision.

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