Brooklyn in running to host 2016 Democratic National Convention: Mayor de Blasio

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – Mayor de Blasio has announced that his home borough of Brooklyn is now in the running to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Brooklyn’s Barclays Center would be the principal venue for the convention, according to de Blasio’s official proposal.

“This spectacular arena in one of the most dynamic and resurgent neighborhoods in our city is located atop nine subway lines and a stop of the Long Island Railroad,” wrote de Blasio.

The mayor touted New York City’s “capacity to execute large, world-class events such as Super Bowl XLVIII” and added a laundry list of the five boroughs’ tourist draws — from Staten Island’s St. George Theatre to the American Museum of Natural History.

“The values of the Democratic Party — inclusion, diversity, compassion — are part of our city’s spirit,” Bloomberg concluded.  “We believe that this spirit can energize and captivate both the Democratic Party and the nation.”

The selection process for the event, which would bring tens of thousands of people to New York City, is expected to last through this summer.

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