Mayor Bloomberg: NY Marathon will go on, lights and heat elsewhere not so much; Update: Marathon canceled
**Written by Doug Powers
In spite of ongoing major complications in New York City, particularly on Staten Island (as you’ll see in the video below), Mayor Bloomberg is insisting the marathon go on this Sunday as scheduled. To say the least, it isn’t proving to be a popular decision among those who continue to be affected by the storm:
As hundreds of thousands of Big Apple residents suffer in homes left without power by Hurricane Sandy, two massive generators are being run 24/7 in Central Park — to juice a media tent for Sunday’s New York City Marathon.
And a third “backup” unit sits idle, in case one of the generators fails.
The three diesel-powered generators crank out 800 kilowatts — enough to power 400 homes in ravaged areas like Staten Island, the Rockaways and downtown Manhattan.
As of Friday morning, five generators sat outside of the park along with electrical stations and transformers.
“I am from Coney Island where everything is flooded and underwater,” Yelena Gomelsky, 65, said. “I live 1 block from the ocean where everything is floating. “[Seeing the generators and water] makes me feel so bad. People have no food, no water, nothing.
According to the NY Post, the generators in question are not city-owned:
The New York Road Runners Club, which organizes the world-famous race, is paying for the generators, which were supplied by Long Island-based On Site Energy for the massive, 80-yard-long tent, which also will be used by runners carbo-loading during a pre-race pasta dinner tomorrow.
Neither would say how much the machines cost, but a Fire Department permit revealed a $37,500 fee to run them constantly through Nov. 6.
“These are our private generators. We are not draining any resources from the city’s plan to recover,” Road Runners spokesman Richard Finn angrily insisted.
The most intrusive, nanny-statist mayor in the country who never thinks twice about telling everybody else what and where they should eat, drink, smoke, drive or live apparently can’t muster a “hey, Runner’s Club, mind if we push back the race a week and rent those generators from you to assist in alleviating some storm-related human suffering?”
Some runners will volunteer for relief efforts instead of competing in the race. Bloomberg has already done his part to help storm victims by shamelessly pimping for Al Gore, so it’s on to the marathon — and then maybe Bermuda.
The day of the storm, the New York Times wrote in an editorial that a “Big Storm Requires Big Government.” We have a big government, and then some. That doesn’t seem to be working out very well so far for these people:
Chuck Schumer: “I know what you’re going through, sweetheart.”
Meanwhile, over the weekend I doubt we’ll hear President Obama bragging too much about getting Bloomberg’s endorsement yesterday.
Update: The marathon this year has been canceled. It’s hard to believe the race was still under consideration for such a long time. Look for Bloomberg to blame climate change for the length of his indecision.
**Written by Doug Powers
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