The mayor and the governor should both grow up, a Big Apple parents advocacy group said, ripping their Saturday squabbling about when schools should reopen — in the midst of the coronavirus crisis — as an embarrassing, “narcissistic feud.”
“Their inability to come together, and make decisions informed by the well being of students and families, is immoral and will continue to have disastrous consequences for our communities,” the NYC Coalition of Education Justice said in a statement.
The comments came after Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday pushed back on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement earlier in the day that schools would remain closed until the fall.
Cuomo said the decision is his alone to make, and it won’t be made in the next few days.
Schools may well remain closed for the year, but the decision must be for the entire metro area, including Long Island, Westchester and Rockland counties, and perhaps New Jersey and Connecticut, Cuomo said. It will also be coordinated with lifting the state lockdown on people going to work.
Cuomo aides said the mayor’s staff called Albany just five minutes before de Blasio’s press conference to “discuss” schools. City Hall did not tell the governor’s staff that the announcement was imminent, and the mayor and governor did not speak directly, they told The Post.
Parent activists, meanwhile, activists expressed frustration.
“Parents need clarity in this moment, but Governor Cuomo’s constant need to have control once again takes precedence over him making the right decision for families.”
The group called for the “narcissistic feud” between Cuomo and de Blasio to end.
“We need leaders to put aside egos during this crisis and prioritize the well-being of students and their families,” the statement said.