Staten Island Hotel Owner Gives Away NYC Marathon Runners' Rooms to Sandy Victims


The marathon traditionally starts at Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island, one of the hardest hit communities in New York City. More than 80,000 residents are still without power and many remain homeless. At least 19 people also died on Staten Island because of Sandy.

The Bloomfield Hilton Inn set up rows upon rows of cots in a ballroom so Red Cross volunteers and Coast Guard workers could have a much-needed rest. At the same time, a wedding celebration took place in another ballroom Friday.

Newlyweds Christine Hassett and Matthew Bobe suffered in the storm. The bride's family's home was destroyed, but her parents said they never once thought of canceling the wedding.

"All things you worry about and think are important are gone and my daughter is getting married," said the bride's mother, Pat Hassett. "And, you know what, you are so happy for her that for a day you have to put sadness aside and just live for your children because that's most important thing."

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