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August 8, 2014

Will the 2016 Democratic National Convention Come to New York City?

The 2016 DNC may be coming to NYC: The New York Times is reporting that members of the Democratic National Committee’s Technical Advisory Group will arrive in New York City next week to hear the mayor’s pitch about why Brooklyn would better serve the party than the other locations in the running: Birmingham, Ala.; Columbus, Ohio; Philadelphia; and Phoenix. The decision will be announced late this year or early next year.

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The Times reportedly obtained a 49-page proposal presented by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to Democratic officials and business leaders that suggested the week-long convention would cost local taxpayers $8.1 million. The city also wants to raise an additional $132 million in private donations.

Here's what attendees (and locals) can expect if NYC wins the bid: The convention would be held at the Barclays Center, home to the Nets basketball team, and private ferries would shuttle delegates and donors from Manhattan across the East River to Downtown Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Navy Yard, an industrial park one-and-a-half miles from the arena, may be used as a media center. 


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