Mayor Michael Bloomberg reversed his position late Friday afternoon yielding to mounting criticism that this Sunday was no time to run the New York City Marathon. The mayor’s position that a “business as usual” approach would signify the resilient nature of the NYC residents was a nice thought and one NYC residents almost always like to have, but there is no shame in prudently retreating every so often and living to fight another day; even for New Yorkers.
Any argument that New York City would lose millions in revenue fell on deaf ears as that money would do bupkis for those without power and homeless. Adding insult to injury was the fact that there were two huge generators in place on Staten Island ready to be used for the media to cover the race while the people in the surrounding community were told that there were no generators available to provide them with power to run their homes.
I don’t know who was advising Mr. Bloomberg to go on with the race, but when you think about the fact that he told the press that he could not welcome President Obama to the area because he could not spare the personnel for security and then in following sentence said that the race would go on (committing hundreds of police, fire and sanitation to work the race), was certainly a major gaff.
I’m not sure if Mr. Bloomberg saved face by reversing his decision but he ultimately got it right which is all that counts in the end. I’m not suggesting that governing during times like these is an easy thing to do, but in the future there needs to be someone not bogged down in the minutiae of emergency management designated to looking out for the cause of logic and reason in times like these.