NEW YORK - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City Marathon has been canceled.
His statement Friday came after mounting criticism that this was not the time for a race.
With people in storm-ravaged areas still shivering without electricity and the death toll in New York City at more than 40, many New Yorkers recoiled at the prospect of police officers being assigned to protect a marathon on Sunday.
Earlier on Friday, Bloomberg defended his decision to hold the race as scheduled on Sunday.
Bloomberg previously argued that the marathon would "give people something to cheer about in what has been a very dismal week for a lot of people," according to a WNBC-TV report.
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