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article imageOp-Ed: Bloomberg's decision to cancel the NYC Marathon was the right one

By Michael Krebs     Nov 2, 2012 in World
New York - Mayor Bloomberg's decision to cancel the New York Marathon was the only proper way forward in the wake of Hurricane Sandy's wrath.
The Christian Science Monitor postulates that New York's Mayor Bloomberg had little choice in canceling the New York City Marathon, and this is a correct position on the matter.
Staten Island, where the New York City Marathon was slated to begin, experienced sharp losses, leading the city's death toll from a hurricane that showed little mercy. According to The New York Times on Thursday, New York City's death toll - across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, and The Bronx - reached 38.
It made no moral sense to continue with the marathon. From conversations that I have had with friends and colleagues who were made temporarily or permanently homeless by Hurricane Sandy, they were unable to secure hotel rooms in the New York City region due to the influx of marathon runners and to the upswing in hotel room inventory due to the unfolding crisis inspired by the storm. In fact, citing Bloomberg, the Pittsburgh Steelers were unable to book hotel accommodations in the region for the upcoming game they are playing against the New York Giants this Sunday due to Sandy and to marathon participants.
New York City has yet to mourn and we have yet to comprehend or digest the impact of this hurricane on our many communities. A marathon winding through the bowels of our most devastated neighborhoods would have been an insult to the entirety of our region and would have underscored a deep disregard for the many among us in need of food and water and shelter and dignity.
We should applaud Mayor Bloomberg's decision, and we should also embrace the pressure that forced Bloomberg's hand.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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