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Fri Nov 2, 2012, 12:45 PM

Staten Island hotel refuses to evict storm refugees for visiting marathoners

Source: Rawstory.com

The owner of the Staten Island, New York’s Hilton Garden Inn is refusing to evict local refugees from Hurricane Sandy, even though his decision has drawn fire from marathoners who made reservations to stay and run the 43rd annual ING New York City Marathon this weekend.

"How do I tell people who have no place to go, that have no home, no heat, that you have to leave because I have to make room for somebody that wants to run the marathon?" asked hotel owner Richard Nicotra. "I can’t do that," he said.

Mary Wittington, the president of the New York Road Runners, the group is sponsoring the marathon, agrees that displaced New Yorkers should take precedence over visiting runners.

"Marathoners will find a way," she said in an interview. "They’re coming here now in support."

Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/11/02/staten-island-hotel-refuses-to-evict-storm-refugees-for-visiting-marathoners/



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Reply Staten Island hotel refuses to evict storm refugees for visiting marathoners (Original post)
meegbear Nov 2012 OP
speedoo Nov 2012 #1
msrizzo Nov 2012 #2
shawn703 Nov 2012 #3
truthisfreedom Nov 2012 #4
liberal N proud Nov 2012 #5
Jimbo S Nov 2012 #20
liberal N proud Nov 2012 #21
qanda Nov 2012 #6
dixiegrrrrl Nov 2012 #9
bluemarkers Nov 2012 #14
dixiegrrrrl Nov 2012 #15
bluemarkers Nov 2012 #16
LiberalElite Nov 2012 #17
qanda Nov 2012 #19
NYC Liberal Nov 2012 #7
tblue37 Nov 2012 #8
groundloop Nov 2012 #10
dgraz007 Nov 2012 #11
Dont call me Shirley Nov 2012 #12
Kelvin Mace Nov 2012 #13
LiberalElite Nov 2012 #18

Response to meegbear (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 12:50 PM

1. A couple of people exercising some common sense.

Well done.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 12:55 PM

2. Awesome! nt

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 01:01 PM

3. Drawing fire from marathoners

Probably just those marathoners cast from the same Randian mold as Lyin' Ryan.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 01:16 PM

4. Seriously, what the f*** do the marathoners expect? It's a national tragedy.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 01:20 PM

5. Good, these people need a warm place to stay until they can get other accommodations.

Screw the runners.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 10:24 PM

20. OK, say someone had a room booked

now they show up in town and they have no place to stay. What to do?

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Response to Jimbo S (Reply #20)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 08:20 AM

21. Considering the circumstances, they should have called.

I have done this when traveling somewhere that has experienced extraordinary events prior to my trip.

It is always good to confirm reservations last minute any time.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 01:26 PM

6. Why isn't the marathon being cancelled?

Ridiculous!

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Response to qanda (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 02:45 PM

9. Because Bloomberg just bought a new fiddle and is eager to play it.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #9)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 04:23 PM

14. corporate sponsors will lose money

can't have that....

ING major sponsor

why don't they just run a half marathon around Central Park, or wait a few weeks, or a year?

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Response to bluemarkers (Reply #14)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 04:34 PM

15. Apparently marathon organization has insurance, I read.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #15)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 06:02 PM

16. and they will be using it

finally, cancelled

Seriously, I think everyone was in shock and not thinking clearly about the marathon.

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Response to qanda (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 09:57 PM

17. It has been

Bloomberg cancelled it a few hours ago. The outrage was spreading. I'm a New Yorker who doesn't find too much to applaud about the mayor many call "King Mike", but I'd give him a standing ovation for doing this.

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Response to LiberalElite (Reply #17)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 10:10 PM

19. Yes, this was a good decision

Probably should have been called off sooner but better late than never.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 01:36 PM

7. Another reason why the marathon needs to be postponed!

You just know too many hotels WILL kick homeless (at least temporarily) people out. Postpone the marathon so that doesn't need to happen.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 01:38 PM

8. This was quoted in one of the comments on the article:

FROM THE COMMENT: Here's another runner, showing that not everyone who was planning on running shares that mentality, Penny Krakoff's statement:

"I cannot start a 26.2 mile run in Staten Island—people are missing, stranded, in need of resources. Brooklyn and Queens have equal devastation. Parts of Manhattan are without electricity, water, major hospitals are closed. The Bronx too has its own challenges. Today I will volunteer at a city evacuation shelter. Sunday morning I will catch the marathon bus to Staten Island. Not planning to run. Plan to volunteer instead and gather resources (extra clothes, bottles of water, food from runners at the start). Let's not waste resources and attention on a foot race. Who is with me?"

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 02:47 PM

10. Hell, just postpone the race two weeks....


I know some runners would be inconvenienced, but residents there are far worse than inconvenienced right now.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 02:55 PM

11. SCREW THE DAMN RUNNERS!

THE DAMN RACE SHOULD NOT EVEN BE GOING ON!

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 03:02 PM

12. Those who have (such as Bloomberg) need to offer up their own guest rooms for the runners.

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 04:11 PM

13. Faith in humanity RESTORED!

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Response to meegbear (Original post)

Fri Nov 2, 2012, 09:58 PM

18. Absolutely positively the right thing to do! n/t

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