This weekend's New York City Marathon will take place as scheduled despite widespread damage in the city from Superstorm Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday.
Bloomberg told reporters Wednesday afternoon that he expected most, if not all of the city, would have power restored by Sunday's race, and "an awful lot of small businesses" depend on the annual event.
"There are lots of people who have come here," he said. "It's a great event for New York, and I think for those who were lost, you've got to believe they would want us to have an economy and have a city go on for those that they left behind."
As hundreds of thousands of Big Apple residents suffer in homes left without power by Hurricane Sandy, two massive generators are being run 24/7 in Central Park — to juice a media tent for Sunday’s New York City Marathon.
A veteran police lieutenant noted the National Guard was distributing free food last night at several spots in lower Manhattan — while the administration keeps the marathon a priority.
“How can you run a marathon when you have people starving in Manhattan?” he asked.
Other sources said NYPD and Department of Transportation personnel who had been providing relief on Staten Island were told to drop what they were doing and report to Brooklyn today to get ready for the marathon.
Official race preparations yesterday included closing all lanes on the Staten Island-bound upper level of the Verrazano Bridge for more than an hour of work.
Staten Islander Joseph Masella, 62, called running the marathon “the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.”
“Have some respect for our citizens . . . They’re still finding bodies here,” he fumed.
Staten Island Councilman James Oddo said, “The notion of taking one cop, one first responder, one resource, one asset and diverting it so that they stand at a post to watch runners go by when we’re still searching for bodies? It’s sinful to me!’’
Originally posted by mikellmikell
I think they should close the whole place down and relocate it to one of the several empty cities in China. problem cured. Or quit whining and move forward!! Don't worry your government will take care of you the private sector has already moved on. Just sit down and wait Obama will be there soon.
Just watched a fat woman screaming there all going to die unless the government does something. They did do something they told you it was going to be bad so prepair and you probably turned the channel to station IDIOT!!
Originally posted by ObjectZero
It could be used for some good. A large gathering like that would give a little since of normality to the people, also if enough people come to watch, that’s a lot of body heat so those at the gathering would be as cold if they were alone. Also give a chance to have field docs to look over people without have to move the doctors to much. There are a few other ways they could use it to help New Yorker’s get back on their feet or at least help them survive the hard ship.
But back to reality I don’t see them using it in such a way.
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