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Public Pressure Forces Bloomberg to Cave

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In the end, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg simply had no choice.

 

While he defended the initial decision to put on the New York City Marathon for the 42nd straight year, it just wasn't right.

 

Yes, even with the support of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who applauded Bloomberg for making the call Giuliani himself helped make to put on the race in 2001.

There's a big difference between the attacks of 9/11 and Sandy.

 

Two months after the terrorist attacks, there was interest in showing the world that we would not stop for the terrorists. That we would go on with life.

 

It's harder to make the argument to go on with life as people continue to be without power, as families are still begging for help -- for...

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