NYC Marathon- Should It Be Postponed?

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NYC Marathon- Should It Be Postponed?
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Fri, 11-02-2012 - 11:10am

NEW YORK -- New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's decision to proceed with the world's largest marathon on Sunday is stirring up controversy in the storm-ravaged metropolis.

"If they take one first responder from Staten Island to cover this marathon, I will scream," New York City Councilman James Oddo said on his Twitter account. "We have people with no homes and no hope right now."

As emergency workers wade through flooded homes to look for survivors and millions of people remain without power in the U.S. Northeast, the death toll from Superstorm Sandy swelled to 95. At least 37 of those deaths were in New York City.

“The prudent course of action here — postpone the marathon, come back a different day,” Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie. “Our first priority, let’s help people who lost their homes, who are missing loved ones."

"There's an awful lot of small businesses that depend on these people. We have to have an economy," Bloomberg told a news conference on Wednesday.

"It's a great event for New York, and I think for those who were lost, you know, 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."

Backlash erupts as New York City prepares for marathon

Thoughts?  Do you think that the marathon should be postponed or move ahead as scheduled?

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Registered: 08-27-2001
Sat, 11-03-2012 - 9:34pm

So glad the mayor finally came to his senses.  The news is barely scratching the surface of what is going on in NYC and the surrounding areas.  The idea that a marathon could take place without taking away emergency personnel is absurd.  In a normal year, the NYC Marathon changes everything.  Roads are blocked off throughout the 5 boroughs - including bridges.  Now we have tunnels flooded with water, public transportation crippled, and roads closed due to power lines down and fallen trees, and we should have detours and roadblocks for a race??

In Staten Island, people's houses are in the swamp.  They are literally reduced to sticks.  There is still a search and rescue going on since the residents of some destroyed houses have not been accounted for.  In Queens, over 100 homes were burned - TO THE GROUND.  They are still smouldering.  Gas is turned off to all of these areas, as is electricity.  

Police are having a hard time cordoning off hazards because they are running out of cones and barricades. Yet they can use them to block off a race course?  Central Park has been closed for almost a week.  Central Park is enormous!!  And it will be opened to set up grandstands?  With trees compromised, limbs hanging?

And sanitation won't be distracted cleaning up after a massive race and spectators?  Right now they are working around the clock - with help from out of state - to clean up the tatters that were people's lives.  

Getting back to normal would be great for those who are tired of the storm.  But getting people into shelters, hot meals, hot shower, blankets, clothes, and medical care has to be the priority.

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Registered: 08-27-2001
Sat, 11-03-2012 - 9:34pm

So glad the mayor finally came to his senses.  The news is barely scratching the surface of what is going on in NYC and the surrounding areas.  The idea that a marathon could take place without taking away emergency personnel is absurd.  In a normal year, the NYC Marathon changes everything.  Roads are blocked off throughout the 5 boroughs - including bridges.  Now we have tunnels flooded with water, public transportation crippled, and roads closed due to power lines down and fallen trees, and we should have detours and roadblocks for a race??

In Staten Island, people's houses are in the swamp.  They are literally reduced to sticks.  There is still a search and rescue going on since the residents of some destroyed houses have not been accounted for.  In Queens, over 100 homes were burned - TO THE GROUND.  They are still smouldering.  Gas is turned off to all of these areas, as is electricity.  

Police are having a hard time cordoning off hazards because they are running out of cones and barricades. Yet they can use them to block off a race course?  Central Park has been closed for almost a week.  Central Park is enormous!!  And it will be opened to set up grandstands?  With trees compromised, limbs hanging?

And sanitation won't be distracted cleaning up after a massive race and spectators?  Right now they are working around the clock - with help from out of state - to clean up the tatters that were people's lives.  

Getting back to normal would be great for those who are tired of the storm.  But getting people into shelters, hot meals, hot shower, blankets, clothes, and medical care has to be the priority.

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Registered: 04-11-2012
Fri, 11-02-2012 - 2:25pm

I think they Mayor Bloomberg made the right decision. Things need to start getting back to normal in NYC and this is one way to keep moving forward.

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Registered: 01-23-2012
Fri, 11-02-2012 - 1:44pm

I don't think it makes any sense at all to continue with the marathon... there's just too much chaos, too many people still in need of basics. The marathon will take the resources of first responders away from where they need to focus now... on the people and plain basic recovery.