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NYC Marathon 2012

November 2, 2012 by  

NYC Marathon 2012, The politics of New York mayor Michael Bloomberg may not typically make headlines, but he is certainly drawing the ire of many by continuing the city’s 2012 marathon in the midst of a natural disaster. In the midst of Hurricane Sandy’s damage, the debate rages on about Bloomberg’s controversial decision to permit the event to continue.

And the debate won’t cease anytime soon because in the face of such a catastrophe, an athletic event is appearing to take priority over those displaced by the storm. A report by WDTN.com discusses the criticism Bloomberg has fielded for the decision, and he defends his stance by saying that New York is a “city where we have to go on.”

Another report by the Associated Press (h/t NBC Sports) broke down the situation further:

New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said Wednesday that organizers were preparing to use more private contractors than past years to reduce the strain on city services. Wittenberg insists the race can be an inspiration to New Yorkers and benefit businesses that have lost money because of the storm.

Bloomberg goes on to further justify himself by noting that the power should be back on by Sunday in New York. But wait, an annual athletic event can’t wait even a little while so people can figure out where they will be living for the near future?

Longtime ESPN anchor Linda Cohn took to Twitter to express her displeasure with the mayor:

Can’t believe NYC Mayor Bloomberg still hasn’t canceled marathon. A more impressive stand would be to get power back on for 2.5 mil w/o it.

— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) November 2, 2012

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