Thursday, November 1, 2012


Staten Island Councilman James Oddo: 'Idiotic' to divert cops to New York Marathon right after Hurricane Sandy

  “If you saw what I saw in South Beach, Midland Beach & New Dorp Beach this morning you would know how idiotic it would be to take even one asset away from people in dire need,” Oddo wrote.

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Updated: Thursday, November 1, 2012, 11:44 AM











 The NYC MarathonRunners in the New York City Marathon do their best to cross the Verrazano Bridge from Staten Island to Brooklyn this morning.

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Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge during the 2011 New York Marathon.

Staten Island Councilman James Oddo blasted as “idiotic” the city’s plans divert cops to the New York City Marathon Sunday while so much of his Sandy-ravaged borough is still suffering.
Posting on his Facebook page, the Republican lawmaker said “not one first responder and no resources should be diverted from our community to staff the NYC Marathon.”
“If you saw what I saw in South Beach, Midland Beach & New Dorp Beach this morning you would know how idiotic it would be to take even one asset away from people in dire need,” he wrote.
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Numerous Staten Islanders weighed in Oddo’s page, calling theirs the “forgotten borough.”
Oddo has been using Facebook to stay in touch with his constituents because his offices have been without power since Sandy struck on Monday.
As of Oddo’s last posting, Con Ed reported that 114,000 customers on Staten Island were without power, roughly 65 percent of the island.
Staten Island has been the scene of some of the most heartbreaking storm-related devastation, especially on the South Shore where numerous trapped residents had to be rescued and at least 14 out of the city's 36 fatalities were on the island. Hundreds of homes -- from multi-million-dollar mansions to modest bungalows -- have been damaged and dozens of streets are impassable due to downed trees and buckled roads.
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Police continue to search for two boys, ages 2 and 4, who were swept out of their horrified mother’s arms when waves of water crashed into their SUV on Father Capodanno Boulevard.
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A woman walks through a flooded street in Staten Island, New York, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 31, 2012. 

Meanwhile, marathon organizers are plowing ahead with plans to “put on another spectacular and special day for the world to watch and New Yorkers to celebrate.”
“It isn’t like we just started to think of these things Sunday as the storm barreled down on us,” spokesman Richard Finn said in a statement.
Contingency plans call for busing runners to the starting line on Staten Island if the ferry service and subways still aren’t running and rerouting the course away from storm-damaged areas, Finn said.
There will be no refunds for runners who pull out of the race because of Sandy, but they will automatically get a spot in next year’s marathon.
Runners should keep checking nyrr.org and ingnycmarathon.org for updated information.
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