Local, state and federal officials met alongside union and business leaders Thursday to convince the Democratic Party of the merits of New York City.
They argued that the city would be the best host for the 2024 Democratic National Convention.
“This is the best way to make this convention a success,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat. “So start spreading the news!”
Andrew Kimball, President of the City’s Economic Development Corporation, said, “It is my pleasure to announce that the City of New York, under the direction and leadership of Mayor Adams, will officially submit our offer to the DNC today, ahead of the due date. tomorrow’s limit.
Adams, like Bill de Blasio before him, wants to host the massive nominating convention, arguing that delegates and other guests will be able to experience New York’s post-pandemic renaissance.
“We are seeing a decrease in shootings, a decrease in murders. We are on the right track, New York,” Adams said.
The offer is focused on Manhattan.
Madison Square Garden is proposed as the central site for the convention with the Javits Center playing a supporting role.
Supporters gathered at One Vanderbilt for Thursday’s announcement bragged that New York has the best in room and board the country has to offer.
“I love this city and I really feel sorry for other cities that want to compete with us,” Adams said. “We are so ready. This is the place to be.”
Atlanta, Chicago and Houston are among those vying for the 2024 convention.
De Blasio’s bid for New York to host the 2016 convention focused on Brooklyn, where there are fewer hotels and other services.
Philadelphia was the selected host that year.
New York state is also bidding for an earlier date on the 2024 federal primary calendar.
“We are vying for one of five spots to be an early primary,” said Brooklyn Assemblywoman Latrice Walker.
But what about street crime and so-called quality-of-life concerns that Adams has been highlighting since taking office?
NY1 asked if it would hurt the bid to host.
“No, it’s not,” the mayor replied. “People are going to realize the resilience of the city. We have the best police department in the world.”
Kimball later said at the event, “This is a national security event that brings together law enforcement from all levels of government.”
New York City last hosted the DNC convention in 1992, when Bill Clinton was nominated for president.
It hosted the Republican National Convention in 2004.
Adams himself has been floated as a possible candidate for president in 2024.
He responded to the speculation by saying that he has already been president, Brooklyn Borough President.