UPDATED – Staten Island Hotel Owners Refuse to Kick Out Storm Survivors for Marathon

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  1. wellokaythen says:

    Any marathoners who complain about the accommodations ought to think about how many winners are these skinny guys from poor African countries, men who run barefoot and worry about getting enough to eat. Some of the international competitors come from places that look like a hurricane hit it already. Put it into some perspective, people.

  2. Corinne Hayes says:

    Mayor Bloomberg has never been a good Mayor. Two years ago when New Yorker;s had a terrible snowstorm, he left for his vacation place and left New Yorker’s stranded. He eliminated 16 oz sodas and then promoted a hot dog eating contest while he himself gauged down a hot dog. He is a publicity arrogant seeking man who thinks he is the best mayor we ever had. New Yorker’s hate him and think he is a kook.
    He knew full well that the Sandy storm was set to devastate our shores and he then should have used just mere common sense and cancelled the marathon. He lacks sensitiviy and if it weren’t for the protests and pressure, he never would have cancelled the marathon. New Yorker’s cannot wait until his term comes to an end. We need him out of our hair.

  3. Certainly a lot better treatment than what people in London were getting over the last year or so up until the Olympics this past summer where property owners were increasing rent until tenants had to move out and in some cases were just kicking people out in hopes of collecting higher rent for the weeks/months around the Olympics from people who went over during that time span.

    I know the marathon is important to a lot of people but those folks can’t wait for it to be rescheduled or something?

    • Danny,

      I have relatives in NYC, and from what I understand, the whole point was NOT to reschedule, because rescheduling means that things are indeed NOT normal, at a time when so many just want a return to normalcy.

      People probably forget now, but back in 2001 many New Yorkers looked down on the decision to postpone the World Series (which the Yankees were playing in) due to the 9/11 attacks. From a certain viewpoint, when you push back sporting events that tend to engage most of the city, then you are just shoving in everyone’s face how bad things are. (I was actually living in the NY metropolitan area in September 2001 and can remember real anger at the postponement)

      This is not to say that there should be no relief efforts for those affected by Sandy, but I think that the reality of how big a boost to moral a sporting event can be is totally lost in these stories.

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