NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York City Marathon has been canceled, the mayor’s office confirmed on Friday afternoon.
Earlier, Mayor Michael Bloomberg came under fire for pressing ahead with the weekend’s event in a city still reeling from Superstorm Sandy, with some New Yorkers and many public figures saying that holding the 26.2-mile race would be insensitive and divert police and other important resources when many are still suffering.
However, Bloomberg released a statement Friday afternoon, saying the race had “become the source of controversy and division.”
Bloomberg once again reiterated his stance that “holding the race would not require diverting resources from the recovery effort,” the mayor said the city would “not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it.”
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