PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Friday, November 2, 2012

Anger Over Marathon Plans In Storm-Ravaged New York

Workers assemble the finish line for the New York City Marathon in New York’s Central Park on Thursday. The crane atop a high rise that collapsed during Superstorm Sandy is visible at background left. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The death toll in New York following Superstorm Sandy now tops 40, including at least 19 on Staten Island, where hundreds of homes were destroyed.

Staten Island is sometimes called the forgotten borough, and residents said they have felt forgotten in the wake of the storm.

The Red Cross is now on the scene, offering bottled water and ready-to-eat meals at five distribution centers.

Staten Island is also where the New York marathon will start on Sunday. More than 40,000 runners will line up at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge toll plaza.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg decided the marathon should go on, despite the disaster.

Reverend Steve Martino of the Movement Church on Staten Island has set up a small distribution center at New Dorp Beach with a few volunteers.

“We’re having an issue with runners now, people are arriving to run the marathon, they’ve booked hotel rooms but the hotels are refusing to evict the people who came there when they lost their houses,” Martino told Here & Now’s Robin Young. “If this mayor is worried about his legacy he shouldn’t worry about a marathon, he should worry that the people are getting what they need and that they’re being helped.”

Guest:


Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

August 26 13 Comments

A Recipe For Longevity? Beans, Friends, Purpose And Movement

For nearly a decade, Dan Buettner has researched the places people live longest, healthiest and happiest.

August 25 Comment

Recipes To Celebrate National Sandwich Month

From an end-of-summer tomato tartine to an Italian grilled vegetable sandwich, our resident chef shares her favorites.

August 25 3 Comments

Jimmy Carter’s Fight To Eradicate The Guinea Worm

The former president and founder of The Carter Center said he wants the last guinea worm to die before he does.

August 24 7 Comments

An American Music Playlist From The Strokes’ Guitarist

Albert Hammond, Jr., who was born in L.A. to two immigrants, answers the question, "What does American Music mean to you?"