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Fri Nov 2, 2012, 11:27 AM

Staten Island Hotel Refuses To Evict Storm Refugees For Visiting Marathoners [View all]

By David Ferguson
Friday, November 2, 2012 11:11 EDT

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.”

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