Friday, November 2, 2012

Mary & Bloomberg's terrible decision

I have gone back and forth about writing this post the past few days, as much as I love a good blog debate this one may get ugly and fast.

But I wouldn't be me if I kept my mouth shut so here goes nothin'....

This weekend there is a little event happening here in New York, you may have heard of it:
The ING NYC marathon.

  Under normal circumstances this event is one we all look forward to, whether you are from NY or not, but this year everything is different.
Sunday will mark one week since the start of Hurricane Sandy wrecking havoc on our city. 
As a result of the storm thousands are homeless and many those who have homes are without electricity or  gas, such as myself.

So many people lost EVERYTHING in a matter of hours.
Clothes, photos, toys, memories.

Yet our Mayor and the president of the NYRR believe that this race CAN and SHOULD go on.
  In my opinion it is nothing short of selfish. I fully understand the urge to return to normalcy but this huge event is too much too soon. 
 How can you justify hosting thousands of out of towners when you cannot provide shelters for residents?
On top of that you are kicking the newly homeless families out of hotels to host said runners?
Not to mention the food, water, clothes and other giveaways being given to volunteers/runners that can be given to those who have just lost EVERYTHING.
I just cannot wrap my head around this entire thing.

I am in no way suggesting they cancel the marathon, but I think a postponement is in order.

So many New Yorkers are feeling the way I am I went on the NYRR Facebook fan page last night and almost every comment is asking them to postpone this race. The manpower that will be used there can be used in SO many other areas of our city and state right now.

 I cannot imagine how many would be disappointed by a postponement but we need to look at the bigger picture. New Yorkers were seen dumpster diving on the news yesterday, homes have been gutted from the inside out and your going to provide massive generators for the NYCM?!
 I did hear from a fellow friend and blogger than NYRR is going to donate 1 million approx $26 pp to relief efforts but when costs are 30 billion+ it doesn't mean much.

People are dealing with looting, price gauging ,food and gas shortage. There are so many bigger issues going on right now which NEEDS to be the focus of our government and NYPD. Not manning the streets for people to RUN.

I don't see the logic. I have never been more disappointed in mayor Bloomberg then I am right now.

What are your thoughts?


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