Bloomberg forges ahead with hotly contested marathon plans

Briefing: Cuomo and Bloomberg. (Kristen Artz via flickr)
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other city officials stood firm in their decision to hold the New York City Marathon on Sunday, against a backdrop of a rising death toll and continuing power outages.

It's perfect grist for a tabloid campaign, given the awful-looking juxtaposition of fun-time race preparations and life-or-death disaster recovery. Staten Island, where the marathon starts, was hit particularly hard by the storm. People are going to be angry.

Bloomberg aide Howard Wolfson points out that the New York Post, which is outraged about the marathon today, cited the event in an editorial yesterday as a sign of New York's resiliency. And Bloomberg himself has said that the race, which attracts runners from all over the world, will be good for local small businesses, and that the victims of the storm "would want us to have an economy and have a city to go on for those that they left behind."

But whatever symbolic value and economic benefits are yielded by an on-time marathon are going to be harder for many people to see than the conspicuous and often disruptive logistics involved with setting up the race, securing the route and redirecting traffic around it until the runners have finished.

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Alfred Doblin, the editorial page editor of The Record (and a self-described marathon enthusiast), urges the mayor in a new column to reschedule the event, writing, "New Jerseyans and New Yorkers are in their own marathon – a long, hard road of pain and push is still ahead. We don’t need 40,000-plus amateurs. We are in the real thing."

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Staten Island, hit hard by the storm. [James Barron, Joseph Goldstein and Kirm Semple]

Elected officials on Staten Island rail against the mayor's marathon decision, and Kirsten Gillibrand says she's "personally" opposed to holding it this weekend. [Judy Randall]

Voting may take place in tents. [David Seifman and Erik Kriss]

Social media is vital now. [Brian Stelter and Jennifer Preston]

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The exact numbers from yesterday's Washington Post tracking poll: Obama 48.56%, Romney 48.49%. [Chris Cillizza]

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"The people who stayed are not well-off," a Lower East Side resident said. [Azi Paybarah]

The exclusive enclave once known as Breezy Point is unrecognizable. [Matthew Wolfe]

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Bloomberg: "The marathon is not going to redirect any focus. Keep in mind by Sunday we’ll have electricity back downtown." [Sally Goldenberg and Kirstan Conley]

Former New York City comptroller Bill Thompson said the race should be postponed. Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and the city's current comptroller, John Liu, said it should proceed. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer did not respond by press time. [Andrew Hawkins]

The Lower East Side is a "tale of two cities" one volunteer said. A reporter wrote, "Even in the center of Manhattan, officials were struggling to meet a massive—and growing—demand for services." [Sophia Hollander]

An optimistic view of the struggle some are going through. [Andrew Sullivan]

It's a great time to bike in Brooklyn. [Kate Taylor]

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Cuomo wouldn't take a position on whether the New York City marathon should take place this weekend. [Erik Kriss]

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