The decision to extend school closures had been at the center of a political spat between the third-term governor and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who traded barbs last month over who held the authority to close the country’s largest school district for the rest of the academic year.

Overall, experts sided with Cuomo on the legal question over who held authority to extend the closure, saying executive orders issued by the Democrat give him wide legal latitude over public school schedules.

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