NEW YORK (WXOW) -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the New York City Marathon is canceled.
His statement Friday came after mounting criticism that this was not the time for a race.
Since Superstorm Sandy hit the Big Apple earlier this week, Bloomberg had maintained the race would go on.
New York is slowly recovering from the storm. Utilities are restoring power. All three of the city's major airports have reopened. Subway and commuter rail services are partly restored.
NEW YORK (WXOW) -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the New York City Marathon will go on despite storm-related objections.
Bloomberg discussed the marathon Friday while giving a briefing on the storm.
He says New York has to show that "we are here and we are going to recover." Bloomberg says the marathon will "give people something to cheer about" after a "dismal week."
Bloomberg has been criticized for pressing ahead with the marathon in a city still reeling from Superstorm Sandy. Some New Yorkers say holding the 26.2-mile race would be insensitive and divert police and other important resources when many are still suffering.
Bloomberg says his predecessor, Rudy Giuliani, made the right decision to let the marathon continue after the September 2001 terrorist attack.
NEW YORK (WXOW) -- New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is being criticized for his decision to go ahead with Sunday's marathon as the city struggles to recover from Hurricane Sandy.
Bloomberg has said electricity should be fully restored to Manhattan by then, which will free up police officers and other resources. He said New York is a "city where we have to go on."
But some New Yorkers say having the race would be a drain on resources and it's insensitive at a time when many people are still suffering.
One state lawmaker says residents of Staten Island already feel like they've been forgotten. Some people don't know where they'll be living for the next month or so, and this decision makes them feel even more helpless.
George Rosado lives in Staten Island. He called the decision "repulsive." Rosado says the city should be focused on helping "elderly people who can't fend for themselves," not hosting the New York City Marathon.
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