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.
“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
Meanwhile, sources told The Post precious city resources were also being diverted to prepare for the marathon, including more than a dozen NYPD flatbed trucks taken from disaster-relief work at sites including Breezy Point, Queens, where more than 100 homes burned to the ground.
The trucks, normally used to carry metal barricades for parades and other events, had been transporting residents hard hit by the storm.
But they’re all being recalled to get cleaned up so they can bring the barriers that will line the route of the marathon, a police source said.
“People could still use our help,” the source said. “We’re serving a purpose shuttling them back and forth.”
Plans call for up to 100 cops from all around the city to deploy the barricades today.
“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.
“But these poor people on Breezy, who knows when and if they will bounce back?”
Bloomberg is very clearly showing his what he values.
He does not give a shit about the people without power.
That he is insisting the marathon will go on, even though this means diverting precious resources that are needed for Sandy recovery efforts to the marathon, says all you need to know about him.
He's getting hammered by the NY Post and Republicans in Staten Island over this.
I bet he is put on the defensive at his daily presser today over it.
And I bet somebody around him with sense is trying to tell him he needs to cancel the marathon Sunday or he's going to take a heavy political hit.
If he's smart, he'll heed that advice.
Not only would it benefit him politically, it would be the right thing to do.
Help people hurt by Sandy.
Get the power back on.
Get food and water to Coney Island and other ravaged areas.
And forget the marathon for now.