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Bloomberg criticized for marathon go-ahead

Friday - 11/2/2012, 2:22pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg is facing growing criticism for his decision to go ahead with Sunday's New York City Marathon, as the city struggles to recover from superstorm Sandy.

Bloomberg says electricity should be fully restored in Manhattan by Sunday, freeing up police and other resources, adding the New York is "a city where we have to go on."

But some New Yorkers complain that going ahead with the race would be a drain on the city's resources, and that it's insensitive at a time when many are suffering.

State lawmaker Michael Grimm says the event adds to the feeling among hard-hit Staten Island residents that they've been forgotten, adding that some people don't know where they're going to be living for the next 30 days.

George Rosado calls the decision "repulsive." The Staten Island resident has spent two days scrubbing sludge from his tiled floors and is now preparing to demolish the water-logged walls of his home. He says the city should be focused on helping "elderly people who can't fend for themselves," not hosting a marathon.

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166-a-14-(Scott Stringer, Manhattan borough president, in interview)-"a different time"-Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer says the New York City Marathon should be postponed. COURTESY: NBC's "Today" show ((mandatory on-air credit)) (2 Nov 2012)

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164-a-09-(State representative Michael Grimm, in interview)-"next 30 days"-State lawmaker Michael Grimm says he disagrees with Mayor Michael Bloomberg's contention that there are enough resources to hold the New York City Marathon as scheduled this weekend. COURTESY: NBC's "Today" show ((mandatory on-air credit)) (2 Nov 2012)

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165-a-08-(State representative Michael Grimm, in intrerview)-"one understands us"-State lawmaker Michael Grimm says it would be wrong to hold the New York City Marathon this weekend. COURTESY: NBC's "Today" show ((mandatory on-air credit)) (2 Nov 2012)

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084-a-10-(George Hirsch, chairman of the board, New York Road Runners, in AP interview)-"give the city"-New York Road Runners chairman George Hirsch says the New York City Marathon is a big morale booster. (2 Nov 2012)

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057-w-29-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent, with George Hirsch, chairman of the board, New York Road Runners)--As it struggles to recover from Sandy, New York City will go ahead with the annual marathon on Sunday. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (2 Nov 2012)

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163-a-15-(State representative Michael Grimm, in interview)-"can still rise"-State lawmaker Michael Grimm says there are plenty of good reasons following the arrival of Superstorm Sandy why the New York City Marathon should be postponed. COURTESY: NBC's "Today" show ((mandatory on-air credit)) (2 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO NYSW120: Eileen Miley takes a break from cleaning her home that was destroyed by flooding during Storm Sandy in Staten Island, New York, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Three days after Sandy slammed the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast, New York and New Jersey struggled to get back on their feet, the U.S. death toll climbed to more than 80, and more than 4.6 million homes and businesses were still without power. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (1 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO NYSW122: Brooke Clarkin tries to salvage some personal items from her mother's home in Staten Island, New York, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. Her mother's home was not only flooded to the ceiling, but was swept off its foundation and was carried to the other side of the street. The National Guard and federal emergency management officials will deliver 1 million meals and bottled water to New York areas hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (1 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO NYRD110: Workers assemble the finish line for the New York City Marathon in New York's Central Park, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. The 43rd New York City Marathon is on Sunday, with many logistical questions to be answered. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)Workers assemble the finish line for the New York City Marathon in New York's Central Park, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. The New York City Marathon is on Sunday, with many logistical questions to be answered. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (1 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO NYRD107: Workers assemble the finish line for the New York City Marathon in New York's Central Park, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. The New York City Marathon is on Sunday, with many logistical questions to be answered. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (1 Nov 2012)

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APPHOTO NYRD101: Ricardo Burnia, left, and Simon Capaccioni, from Perugia, Italy, train for Sunday's New York City Marathon in New York's Times Square, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (2 Nov 2012)

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