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Mayor Bloomberg is defending his decision to push ahead with hosting the NYC Marathon saying it will not divert resources from victims of Superstorm Sandy.
BROOKLYN, NY (Catholic Online) - Acknowledging the victims of the storm, many who are still in need of help, Mayor Bloomberg pointed out that those assigned to help with the marathon are not expected to be required to aid victims.
He explained that electricity would be back on before Sunday's event, reducing the number of police required to keep the streets safe.
Meanwhile, race organizers have pledged to use more private contractors in order to minimize demand on city services.
Bloomberg told New Yorkers, "this is a city where we have to go on."
The marathon is expected to draw national coverage and participants from across the country. It will also bring an influx of revenues into the city, which at this time needs whatever boost it can get.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
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