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This has become a serious political issue.

Marathon backlash is well under way – and directed at third-term Mayor Michael Bloomberg who defended the decision to hold the massive race event on Sunday, which, as some see it, threatens to divert resources from recovery.

“This city is a city where we have to go on,” said Bloomberg the other day.

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But for those trying to go on, per the AP:  

There have been reports of displaced residents being asked to leave their hotel rooms for out-of-town runners, and many were angered by the sight of three generators — two reportedly running, one backup — at a media tent in Central Park.

Some Staten Island residents blasted the city for the decision.

“It’s repulsive,” said Staten Islander George Rosado, who spent two days scrubbing sludge from his tiled floors and was preparing to demolish the water-logged walls of his home a block from the water. “They should be getting resources to the elderly people who can’t fend for themselves. That’s more important than a marathon right now.”

Even more glaring is the report on CBS flagged to us by a fellow former Staten Islander that residents of Midland Beach and New Dorp -- with no bathroom facilities for days and use the woods in back of their residences -- were denied the use of portable toilets at Fort Wadsworth where they are lined up for runners.

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Maybe there really are two New Yorks, as onetime Bloomberg rival Fernando Ferrer used to say to wails of “divisiveness.”

There is also an on-line petition circulating from opponents of the 'too-soon' race.