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In Staten Island, Eddie Kleydman said ruined neighborhoods like his are still waiting for help.
"Look at this," he said, motioning toward the huge piles of discarded furniture and household items that line his street. "Who cares about the marathon? We need garbage trucks, we need FEMA to act quicker. He’s worried about the marathon; I’m worried about getting power.
"So he called it off. He has to come here and help us clean," Kleydman said.
At the midtown New Yorker Hotel, the lobby was filled with anguished runners, some crying and others with puffy eyes. In one corner, a group of Italian runners watched the news with blank looks.
"I have no words," said Roberto Dell’Olmo, from Vercelli, Italy. Then later: "I would like that the money I give from the marathon goes to victims."
Gisela Clausen, of Munich, told her fellow runners about the cancellation as they walked in.
"You don’t understand. We spend a year on this. We don’t eat what we want. We don’t drink what we want. And we’re on the streets for hours. We live for this marathon, but we understand," she said.
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