NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An all-out push has been launched in Brooklyn to get the Democrats to hold their 2016 presidential nominating convention to come to the Barclays Center.
As CBS 2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, city officials were hosting a committee from the Democratic National Committee on Monday and Tuesday in hopes of winning the party’s 2016 presidential convention.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer led a rally outside the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn. The arena would host the convention and had an appropriately hued welcome carpet for the committee.
“There’s something special in the air in Brooklyn, and every one of the delegates will breathe it and go away better for it,” Schumer said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York would go all-out to try to convince the DNC to hold their convention in the city. He was set to woo the party’s site selection committee Monday night at a dinner at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Meanwhile, city officials have pulled out all the stops to impress the decision makers, even setting up dedicated traffic lanes from Midtown Manhattan to Brooklyn on Monday to show that it took the blink of an eye – 13 minutes and 25 seconds in total – to get from Midtown hotels to the Barclays Center.