NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Big Apple is throwing its hat into the ring to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
It’s a move that if successful could mean an economic boost of hundreds of millions of dollars, CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reported Wednesday.
When George W. Bush took center stage at Madison Square Garden at the 2004 Republican National Convention it was more than the launching pad for his re-election. For New York City it was a much-needed economic shot in the arm after 9/11.
“Previous conventions have impacted our restaurants, surrounding neighborhoods. Some estimates are over $200 million in economic activity,” Comptroller Scott Stringer said.
That economic activity seems to be a major reason why Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided to bid for the 2016 DNC. He understands the phrase “mucho dinero.” Stringer backed him up on that.
“I’m excited and thrilled. We’ve got the hotel rooms, we’ve got the transportation and we have two great venues — Barclays in Brooklyn, Madison Square Garden in Manhattan,” Stringer said. “And let’s face it, if you’re a delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention where’s the place you want to be?”
In addition to New York, 14 other cities were asked by the DNC to submit bids. Atlanta, Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio, have already sent in proposals.
Senator Chuck Schumer said he will lobby hard for New York City’s bid.
“Other cities can try to compete against us and God bless them, but I think that the best place for a convention is New York, and if you ask the thousands who will attend this convention they would agree. They want to come to New York,” Sen. Schumer said.
In its letter to the DNC, New York City says that although it already has 96,000 hotel rooms, there are an additional 89 hotels, 115,000 new rooms that will be ready for 2016. New York City will also put together a host committee of movers and shakers to provide private funds to pay for hospitality and welcoming activities.
“People should come here as opposed to other places, politically, because the media’s here. The stories will move faster and, frankly, the nominee may very well be from New York,” political consultant Hank Sheinkopf said.
The last time the DNC was held in New York City was 1992 — the year Bill Clinton ran and won his first term.
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