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After a valiant effort, Mayor Bloomberg has thrown in the towel and cancelled the New York City marathon this weekend because of disruptions caused by superstorm Sandy. City officials had held out hope that the event could still be pulled off, in a demonstration that the city was on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, the logistical nightmare proved to be more than even New Yorkers were equipped to handle on such a short timeline.
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  • Waited waay to long in my opinion. I am from NY and those people in Staten Island can use all the help the sanitation would have used during the race,


    Not to mention the extra police who now can be used where looters are starting and maybe restore a little quality of life to those who were affected by the storm..


    Kicking those people out of hotels for marathon runners didn't make any sense,,imo
    2 Nov 2012, 08:46 PM Reply Like
  • Why not just postponed to a later date? Perhaps with a 50% travel voucher for participants to return?
    2 Nov 2012, 09:16 PM Reply Like
  • If we cut the funding for emergencies, aid for the poor and give tax cuts to guys like Mitt Romney New York would recover in just a day. Well that's what republicans believe.....
    3 Nov 2012, 01:41 PM Reply Like
  • You're a really brilliant guy , Einstein
    3 Nov 2012, 01:56 PM Reply Like
  • Tell me what BO did to alleviate anything immediately? I will NOTHING!!!!


    I live here, i will repeat NOTHING!!
    3 Nov 2012, 04:41 PM Reply Like
  • detto
    "Well that's what republicans believe..... "


    And just how your genius brain reach this conclusion?
    3 Nov 2012, 05:23 PM Reply Like
  • Just read where the Hotels in the area were NOT going to throw out the people staying there just to let the runners have the rooms..Maybe the MAYOR knew this as well.


    Great move by the hotels!!!
    3 Nov 2012, 05:52 PM Reply Like
  • Detto, typical leftocrat explanation - class discrimination...Wow on the poor and blame the rich...
    4 Nov 2012, 10:12 AM Reply Like
  • I agree, thought maybe 2 weeks later, but guessing those that already flew in would not want that expense again..


    Personally, i think they just waited too long to do the right thing..
    2 Nov 2012, 10:08 PM Reply Like
  • What we all saw here was a disgusting faceoff of emotion over pragmatism And emotion won. The woman on CBS carrying on over a dozen or so generators versus the economic impact of cancellation of the premier running event, which brings in tens of millions economic benefit to NYC.


    What a world of whiners we've degenerated into. No wonder we're headed into economic purgatory.
    2 Nov 2012, 10:18 PM Reply Like
  • Guess you know no one on Staten Island.....I do!! No electric....I bet you are a runner, because if you aren't you have your values confused..


    People need gas to get there, know of any open gas stations?
    2 Nov 2012, 10:31 PM Reply Like
  • OK. Lets shut down the restaurants, the stock exchange, the GS building, and anything else that is using valuable fuel that could be used to run generators in houses without electricity. And everyone who has electricity should be shut off until ALL have been hooked back up. Then when everything is ready, we can turn on everything on at once, so everyone suffers equally.


    Why stop at shutting off the Marathon? Maybe everyone in the country should just stay home and do nothing until the people of NYC give the go ahead that we can all resume our lives?


    The marathon is nothing but a scapegoat by a bunch of selfish victims that want others to suffer along with them. In spite of the fact that all of America is sending their support to ALL the people suffering from the storm, there are some small minded people in NYC that will throw a tantrum at any perceived injustice.
    3 Nov 2012, 09:47 AM Reply Like
  • "Why stop at shutting off the Marathon? Maybe everyone in the country should just stay home and do nothing until the people of NYC give the go ahead that we can all resume our lives?"


    Good sense from Mr. Lakeaffect.


    (there was a rare "ocean effect" due to Sandy)


    Just in from Reuters..."mayor Bloomberg has decided that the race can go on as scheduled provided that no one participating drinks a Coca Cola in a container that can contain more than 16 ounces."
    3 Nov 2012, 09:57 AM Reply Like
  • Lake


    You are a bit extreme to say the least but the real issue is that NYC has a multi layered set of problems and they really are only through the first layers. My take is that people have to move out of some of those areas for many months if not permanently. That is not even being discussed yet. Right now they are in hotels.


    Of course Bloomberg cannot grasp that quick enough.
    3 Nov 2012, 11:39 AM Reply Like
  • what an idiot
    3 Nov 2012, 12:15 PM Reply Like
  • The race requires thousands of cops, and closes off two bridges and major streets in all five boroughs. Meanwhile, people are out trying to find gas, there's looting going on in the outer boroughs, and parts of Manhattan still have no power. Sounds like the small-minded person is YOU.
    3 Nov 2012, 01:13 PM Reply Like
  • tool
    3 Nov 2012, 01:57 PM Reply Like
  • Sorry pal, You trained for nothing..New Yorkers were very pleased it was cancelled...Some are just heartless and whine when they don't get their way!!
    3 Nov 2012, 04:38 PM Reply Like
  • TONY


    Why don't you just jog over to Staten Island and lend a hand, we can use it..Gas will be hard to find though...So jog over!!
    3 Nov 2012, 04:44 PM Reply Like
  • IT, you had a week to get ready; may be the next time your government will give you a month for all of those domesticated citizens...
    4 Nov 2012, 10:16 AM Reply Like
  • BLUE


    Get ready for what? Mother nature and 10 foot waves???Build a fortress around the city?? Sometimes i just don't get people like you... I think your tighties cut off your circulation to the head..Go run around the block, it will make you feel better.


    We need those Sanitation workers to clean up Staten Island, not your water cups and vomit..BTW if you did run you would have been pelted with a ton of stuff. Be happy you didn't....


    Your photo says it all about you..Won't print the word..MAN UP and tell me what state you are from??
    4 Nov 2012, 10:28 AM Reply Like
  • IT, you do not like cats ? Why do you not go to the Neverlands and see how they dealt with water control...


    You selected to live on an island not me or anyone else...These types of storms have happen before - pickup a history book.


    And now after just two or three days, it is a calamity.? Where is personal responsibility.?


    Where is your "super size mayor.? I am not a runner and you need to stop running from the truth - stop blaming everyone else for your deficiency...


    I am non-union, so you can reject this narrative as well...
    4 Nov 2012, 10:43 AM Reply Like
  • BLUE


    uh, i do not live on the island, i live in the Catskills, a far cry from an Island. Where is Neverland anyway?


    I have electric, food, water, just no gas...So i am not running from anything except a govt that can't get fuel an hr outside the city?


    So i guess you just want to vent, because to run a race and waste the manpower of the Sanitation when it could be used wiser just makes sense. ALL those water bottles would do wonders to those homeless right now.
    Those cops assigned to the marathon can now be used to try and stop the looting as well.
    My advice is that you sound angry for some reason and don't even live nor wanted to race here. So whatever state you are from please stay there and take care of your issues.


    Well be fine in a week, we always bounce back!! Now where are you from?


    Just reread you post..You aren't even from the states are you? CAN'T wait until i hear where you are from...if you will even post it!!


    History states that this was the worst storm ever to hit NY, WE do not get Hurricanes and a nor easter at the same time. LOOK that up in a History book.


    Honestly you have no idea of the damage caused by this storm in a densly populated area that i am sure you do not live post where you are from...
    4 Nov 2012, 11:04 AM Reply Like
  • IT, twice you have denounced me; I guess that is the way you handle discourse...You are concerned why government is not providing assistance ?


    Even my cat told me that if I do not feed him, he will do it on his own...


    Remember Joplin Missouri, I do not hear all the whining for government helf, but then I suspect there is a great deal of differences between Midwestern and New England...


    This post is for readers only and IT does not need to reply..


    "" One reason the FEMA of 2011 did not perform like the FEMA of 2005 was that Joplin residents were determined not to let that happen. Founded by lead and zinc miners in the 19th century, this small southwestern Missouri town has a long history of self-reliance in a state that ranks fifth in overall freedom from burdensome government regulations, according to a 2011 study by the free market Mercatus Center (which sponsored my trip to Joplin as part of a broader tornado recovery research project for which I handled logistics). The community has the close-knit feel you’d expect of a small Midwestern town, with a network of active voluntary organizations and church groups that collaborate regularly. And as Beloit College economist Emily Chamlee-Wright concluded after leading more than 400 interviews with Katrina survivors, the best approach once emergency gives way to recovery is to reduce government involvement and devolve power to disaster victims, who know their own situations best. “In order to minimize signal noise that inhibits the response from markets and civil society,” Chamlee-Wright writes in her 2010 book The Cultural and Political Economy of Recovery, “government at all levels should scale back its efforts as soon as possible to make room for markets and voluntary organizations to provide basic supplies, food, clean-up, and construction services.”"



    Joplin did not have the pleasure of a week notice, for an impending storm...
    4 Nov 2012, 11:18 AM Reply Like
  • BLUE


    2X I denounced you? Your cats talks?? Bye..
    4 Nov 2012, 11:55 AM Reply Like
  • blue: stfu
    4 Nov 2012, 12:30 PM Reply Like
  • XXX502794XXX, two posts, two insults...Progressive progress...
    4 Nov 2012, 12:33 PM Reply Like
  • BLUE


    Funny how you failed to mention the Lousiana Superdome being ruined for a year! Rapes, Murders, drug lanes, fecal matter all over the stadium.Guess you wanted the Saints to play there as well? My last post to you...very foolish comments at best...Tell the cat i said hello!!


    You did a great job there...
    4 Nov 2012, 12:43 PM Reply Like
  • "Valiant effort" how about we call it an assinine idea to try to allow a bunch of self-centered runners to prance through a city so decimated by this storm. Maybe if this bunch would stick around a lend a hand to some of those in need I would think better of them, but under the circumstances they can just jog their spandex asses somewhere else. I was never a Bloomberg fan (too much nanny, I know what's best for you in him) and this does nothing in the way of changing my mind about him. Three terms as mayor was two too many.
    2 Nov 2012, 11:16 PM Reply Like
  • From what I can see and read they have underestimated how hard it is going to be to turn around these damaged areas and they need to get many people out of those areas. Just like Katrina. Nobody can live someplace with no electricity unless it is a farm. This is going to get worse.


    Bloomberg is looking out of touch which is not surprising.
    3 Nov 2012, 12:12 AM Reply Like
  • having a hard time understanding why it even took this long to make the decision. i'd have done it even before Sandy hit, to give people flying in more of a heads up.
    3 Nov 2012, 12:47 AM Reply Like
  • Agree with you 100%. It's not like they had no idea that Sandy was going to hit NYC on 29 October 2012.
    3 Nov 2012, 01:38 AM Reply Like
  • It took this long to cancel because Bloomberg is arrogant and basically has little or no concept of the real world outside his own little privileged bubble. I guarantee you that he *still* thinks having the marathon and pulling resources away from folks who desperately need them was a good idea...he just couldn't take the heat of public ridicule he was getting.
    3 Nov 2012, 06:54 AM Reply Like
  • First he was a Democrat, then a Republican (riding Rudy's coat tails) and now an Independent. Under the surface he's always been an arrogant %^@#. It's all about the money and his upper crust cronies.


    Each of those generators in place for the runners in Central Park can power 400 homes! Am I missing something?


    BTW the $360M the City would have realized is <2% of his net.
    3 Nov 2012, 09:05 AM Reply Like
  • "is arrogant and basically has little or no concept of the real world outside his own little privileged bubble"....


    Just like Mitt Romney....what a coincidence....
    3 Nov 2012, 10:53 AM Reply Like
  • ANON


    And BO did exactly what after his photo shoot?? Zippo....


    His help is always late to the party. NJ will not forget this i am sure...Cut through the red tape he said? Then how on Gods earth would he allow help from Alabama be turned away because they would not join the union?


    He's the joke right now, he showed his true power , which is zilch...I am not a big fan on Romney either but this POTUS has failed now, failed with the BP spill, what else do people need to see.


    Time to try someone else!! Personally Fast and Furious was enough for me to see through this fake...
    3 Nov 2012, 04:47 PM Reply Like
  • I think it was a security issue..those runners would have been pelted with all kinds of things as they ran through the hardest hit neighborhoods...
    3 Nov 2012, 07:51 AM Reply Like
  • The REAL news here is that a liberal actually admitted he made a bad decision and reversed it.


    Could be a first for America.


    Lets hope a lot more do the same on Tuesday.
    3 Nov 2012, 10:07 AM Reply Like
  • (even though storm stuff is going on...I can't resist...)


    Mayor Bloomberg, a "valiant effort" (for him--not a high bar to leap over).


    "Unfortunately, the logistical nightmare proved to be more than even New Yorkers were equipped to handle on such a short timeline."


    Wow! If the New Yorkers couldn't handle this, what hope is there for the rest of us?


    "If I can't make it there I won't..."
    3 Nov 2012, 10:09 AM Reply Like
  • Sandy, has ended Bloombag political career...There openings, however, in Benghazi or the International Marathon Federation...
    3 Nov 2012, 11:27 AM Reply Like
  • File under "competence"...the stuff set aside for the marathon is STILL sitting unused. I hope that this has finally ended this idiot's political career. In a sane world, he'd never have had a political career in the first place.

    5 Nov 2012, 07:28 AM Reply Like
  • Nice link, David! Mayor Super Size saved new yorkers from sugar infested soda pop, but when the real important event can along, he is a disaster...


    Remember the refrain, Da mayor saved us from pop, but when Sandy came - he was a flop...
    5 Nov 2012, 01:39 PM Reply Like
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