NYC Residents Rage as Generators Power up Marathon Tents

Posted by on Nov 02, 2012 at 7:14 am

It won’t be long until New York City residents completely lose it.

As hundreds of thousands of Big Apple residents suffer in homes left without power by Hurricane Sandy, two massive generators are being run 24/7 in Central Park — to juice a media tent for Sunday’s New York City Marathon.

And a third “backup” unit sits idle, in case one of the generators fails.

The three diesel-powered generators crank out 800 kilowatts — enough to power 400 homes in ravaged areas like Staten Island, the Rockaways and downtown Manhattan.

Since emergency executive orders have been issued, the governor, mayor — or even President Obama — could take the generators for a more important use, explained Pace University law professor Bennett Gershman.

Such an emergency action would need the approval of the City Council, state Legislature or Congress. And they would have to compensate the owners of the devices.

But plenty in the city wish they had taken such decisive action. After all, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie postponed Halloween for safety reasons, so Gov. Cuomo or Mayor Bloomberg should issue an executive order for lifesaving generators.

“We’re struggling here, and we want the city to know that,” Councilwoman Margaret Chin of Chinatown said yesterday.

She asked the Office of Emergency Management on Tuesday for a generator to run pumps to get water to stranded seniors.

“They’re telling me there are other priorities,” Chin said.

One source suspects why the marathon is even going forward.

“You know what this is about? This is all so Bloomberg can stand at the finish line Sunday and tell the world we bounced back,” the source said.

Yes, well the tiny tyrant got all the glowing headlines with his absurd “climate change” endorsement of Obama and nothing, even a storm of this magnitude, will ever stop him from feeding his ego.

Staten Island Councilman James Oddo said, “The notion of taking one cop, one first responder, one resource, one asset and diverting it so that they stand at a post to watch runners go by when we’re still searching for bodies? It’s sinful to me!’’

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6 Responses to “NYC Residents Rage as Generators Power up Marathon Tents”

  1. Esau's Message on 2/02/12 at 9:33 am

    Make protest signs and display them all along the route. The media will pick up on these and play them for the world to see. Protest the finish line and the opening ceremony making as much noise as possible. Embarrass the shit out of Hizzoner.

  2. PJ on 2/02/12 at 12:45 pm

    A runner has already said she will take the bus over to Staten Island and then get off the bus and help. She is encouraging others to do the same. Others have started a boycott of the race.

    Finally, the people are standing up to this tyrant!

  3. jakee308 on 2/02/12 at 2:37 pm

    Better yet, barricade the route with debris.

    Ruin the parade. Best would be to block them from starting at all. (don’t they start it on the Verrazano Bridge? They have to use Staten Island as an initial staging point or entry point.

    Either way, the race crosses quite a few bridges.

    Choke points in military parlance.

    Don’t give the pusillanimous pipsqueak his photo op.

  4. ali3nation on 3/03/12 at 8:34 am

    UPDATE : Mayor Bumbleberg has cancelled the marathon. Good move, a bit late. But with this there is more benefit than meets the eye. 40,000 people were going to participate. That is 40,000 less people to worry about, especially in the vulnerable state the Metropolitan area finds itself now. There is a national security situation that must be considered and that is the possibility of terr or agents infiltrating the area, some of which could have been or be among marathon participants already in the city. They can spread unimagined trouble in myriad ways and in light of the incompetence shown by our current administration in the wake of Benghazi, I don’t think they are up to snuff, so local LEAs should be on high alert for this possibility.