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Opinion

November 5, 2012

Our view: Bloomberg blew it in his handling of hurricane

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Despite all clean-up work to be done, Bloomberg insisted that the New York Marathon scheduled for Sunday would go on. Only the rage of residents still suffering from Sandy’s destruction forced Bloomberg to back down and cancel the event Friday afternoon. By then, many runners were already en route to New York.

Joan Wacks, whose Staten Island waterfront condo was swamped with 4 feet of water, predicted for the New York Post that authorities will still be recovering bodies today, and called the mayor “tone deaf.”

“He is clueless without a paddle to the reality of what everyone else is dealing with,” she said. “If there are any resources being put toward the marathon, that’s wrong. I’m sorry, that’s wrong.”

Indeed, the marathon was consuming resources that could have been helping storm victims. In Central Park, three giant generators were providing power for a marathon media tent. The generators produce enough electricity to power 400 homes. Could, that is, if only New Yorkers had a mayor who cared more for his people than his own inflated ego.

Eventually, New York will recover and Bloomberg can get back to the really important fights — like regulating how much people can eat and drink. Hungry victims of Sandy’s wrath can consider themselves a test case.

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