New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg insisted that this weekend’s New York Marathon would not be canceled. But then, he started getting an earful from storm victims who live just a few miles away. They wanted to know why FEMA was telling them they’d have to wait two days for water, while bottled water was being handed out to marathon runners. Or while they were shivering in the dark with no power while three giant generators that could’ve powered hundreds of homes were being deployed to the marathon media tent. And one was just for back-up! At the last minute, sanity prevailed. The Marathon was canceled. But some runners ran anyway, to raise funds for storm victims. I ran the NY Marathon in 2006, and it’s one of the greatest events on the planet, but the race starts on Staten Island, one of the hardest hit and most neglected areas devastated by the hurricane, and it would be unconsicounable to have runners dodging starving and cold people while running across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Brooklyn and then Queens, and finally Manhattan. Bloomberg needs to worry less about the symbolism of New York back on its feet, and more about the substance of New York getting basic services to people who are barely surviving.

Thsi commentary is from this morning's Huckabee Report.  Please leave me a comment below, I read them!

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  • Dennis Walkup

    11/06/2012 11:31 AM

    Mike
    Why did the media and some of the political figures try to sweap Sandy under the rug and through the victims under the bus?
    Very concerned
    Dennis

  • Dorothy Fox

    11/05/2012 08:17 PM

    I think it was the right thing to do. I don't enjoy sitting in a cold dark house, especially if the where running the marathon. I'm still in the dark and probably will be until the weekend. And to think I live in an upscale neighborhood.

  • Joan Bosco

    11/05/2012 07:30 PM

    There was absolutely nothing gracious about Mayor Bloomberg reversing the decision regarding the NYC Marathon. In fact, his attitude was one of a very spoiled brat being told "no". Is he aware that Staten Island falls under his care as Mayor of New York City? Perhaps one of his advisors needs to remind him of that fact. Shameful. Absolutely shameful.

  • Ro DeVito

    11/05/2012 06:57 PM

    Too little, too late....many spent $ traveling here; he is so stubborn always wanting to do things his way.....meanwhile people are suffering!! Sad that he had to be embarrassed into changing his mind (that and the sponsors pulling out) :(

  • John McElroy

    11/05/2012 06:51 PM

    It should not have taken so long to cancel the event. On the bright side many of the runners who showed up volunteered their time to help out New Yorkers...for that they are to be commended.

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