Al Roker stands by criticism of NYC mayor, but concedes his tweet was too much

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Declan Pegion, 5, looks out the window of his Long Island home in Central Islip, N.Y., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. The kindergartner was among millions of students who stayed home from school after the latest in a litany of snowstorms this winter inundated the New York area. While schools on Long Island and elsewhere were closed, New York City schools were not. New York City mayor Bill De Blasio was blasted by teachers, parents and TV weatherman Al Roker for keeping schools open on Thursday. (AP Photo/Patricia Eltman Doyle)

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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 (dih-BLAH'-zee-oh).

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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