Bloomberg criticized for marathon go-ahead

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Workers assemble the finish line for the New York City Marathon, Central Park, New York

Workers assemble the finish line for the New York City Marathon, Central Park, New York. (AP photo)

NEW YORK (AP) – Some New Yorkers don’t have any interest in seeing the city go ahead with Sunday’s New York Marathon — but that’s what Mayor Michael Bloomberg is planning to do.

Bloomberg says it’ll give a needed boost to the city’s morale and to local businesses, less than a week after Superstorm Sandy flooded neighborhoods, knocked out power to hundreds of thousands and killed at least 39 people in the city.

But one woman on Staten Island predicts authorities will still be recovering bodies on Sunday. She says the mayor is “tone deaf.”

Race officials still aren’t sure how they’ll get runners to the starting line. A day after New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said ferries would again take some entrants to the start on Staten Island, marathon organizers said they might not be used.

Wittenberg had said final transportation plans would be announced this morning. Those plans now may not come until tomorrow.

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