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Mayor Bloomberg says he fought the battle for marathon

3:35 PM, Nov 3, 2012   |    comments
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
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New York mayor Michael Bloomberg said he fought to hold the city's marathon, but in the end the issue became just too divisive.

In an interview with WCBS-TV New York on Saturday, Bloomberg said, "I still think that we had the resources to do both, and that we want people to take a break and that sort of thing. There are lots of people in this city - some hurt, some not. It's a big part of our economy. But it was just becoming so divisive that whether it's a good idea or not, we just don't need the distraction."

As many across New York continued to recover from superstorm Sandy, Bloomberg came under fire for saying that the race should be run as planned. Local politicians voiced their concern, and thousands of critics took to Twitter and Facebook to protest the decision.

Bloomberg defended the decision Friday just hours before the race was called off by city and marathon officials, saying, "It does use some resources but not resources that can make a difference in recovery. It's a relatively small amount."

The mayor drew a parallel between 2001 and 2012, saying "Rudy (Guiliani) made the right decision" holding the 2001 race after 9/11.

A day later he spoke of the visitors who came to New York for the race. "I'm sorry," he said in the WCBS interview. "I fought the battle, and sometimes things don't work out."

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