Backlash erupts as New York City prepares for marathon

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to allow the world’s largest marathon to proceed on Sunday is drawing a severe backlash in some quarters of the city.

"If they take one first responder from Staten Island to cover this marathon, I will scream," New York City Councilman James Oddo, who represents parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn, said on his Twitter account. "We have people with no homes and no hope right now."