NEW YORK (WFAN) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s initial decision to not cancel this Sunday’s New York Marathon drew tons of criticism in the wake of superstorm Sandy.

Bloomberg announced that the marathon would be canceled early on Friday evening, but in the days prior to the announcement he maintained that the event would go on.

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There were urges for protests and boycotts as New York City — and the entire Tri-State Area — attempts to recover from the devastating damage that engulfed the area.

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As Bloomberg continued to defend his decision, WFAN’s Mike Francesa took issue with the mayor when he opened his show on that Friday, Nov. 2, 2012.

“The fact that the marathon is still going on is mind-boggling,” Francesa said. “Lower Manhattan is still dark. You’ve got people washing their hands in the street. You have people with no power. (In) Staten Island they’re still recovering bodies. It’s ridiculous. They’re trying to kick people who are displaced out of hotels for runners. Thank god there are some runners now who are not running in protest.”

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