NYC hotel gave runners' rooms to Sandy victims

November 3, 2012 7:00:14 AM PDT
After superstorm Sandy sparked quarrels over hotel rooms in New York City, one Staten Island hotel owner said he decided to "do the right thing" by refusing to evict storm victims in favor of marathon runners with reservations.

Richard Nicotra, the owner of the Hilton Garden Inn in Bloomfield, said his hotel typically is packed with marathoners every year for the annual New York City Marathon. But after Sandy decimated the city, leaving thousands without power as temperatures dropped, Nicotra decided not to honor marathoners' reservations made months in advance and, instead, gave the rooms to storm refugees.

His hotel even hosted a local resident's wedding reception.

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