Gov. Andrew Cuomo slammed the brakes on the city’s announcement Saturday to keep schools shut down for the rest of the year, saying Mayor Bill de Blasio did not have the authority to do so.
“He didn’t close them and he can’t open them,” Cuomo declared two hours after de Blasio announced that schools would not reopen until September.
“It is my legal authority in this situation,” the governor added.
Moreover, it makes no sense for the city to act alone, said Cuomo, who wants to coordinate any decisions about when to reopen with Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland counties.