By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The news came to light on Friday that Mayor Bill de Blasio has submitted a bid for New York City to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, with Brooklyn's Barclay's Center as the principal venue.
In a letter to Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz dated June 5, Mayor de Blasio wrote, “We are eager to offer Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center as the principal venue. 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. From the Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Academy of Music closest to the Barclays Center to destinations throughout the five boroughs . . . these are just a few examples of the venues that can make compelling settings for the conventions many events.”
The Mayor spoke of the city’s success in hosting previous world-class events and the talent and professionalism of city personnel, and pointed out that New York City is “the safest big city in the country and the home of the nation’s most extensive public transit system and largest bicycle-share program.”
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce CEO Carlo Scissura said in a statement on Friday, "All over the world Brooklyn is known for being on the forefront of the next big thing, and no party could pick a better backdrop for a national convention. Home to a new generation of doers and makers, Brooklyn represents the up-from-the-bootstraps American ideal better than any other city in the nation. The Barclays Center is the hottest arena in the nation, and we have the culture, facilities and media savvy to make this the greatest convention any party has ever held."
The Mayor’s entire letter is posted at the link below.