The Democratic National Committee visited Barclays Center Monday as the city makes a bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
The de Blasio administration welcomed members of the Democratic National Committee on Monday, pulling out the bells and whistles, quite literally, in an attempt to win the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
"Brooklyn throughout America symbolizes a resurgent future," said Senator Charles Schumer.
Barclays Center was lit up with the city's DNC logo while Democratic officials toured the arena, the proposed hub for the 2016 convention. They arrived with fanfare in a DNC-themed bus and were greeted by top city officials.
"The DNC is very serious about this," said Amy Dacey, CEO of the Democratic National Committee. "We know that in 2016, we will be nominating the 45th president of the United States."
Committee members traveled from a Midtown hotel, making it to Brooklyn in less than 15 minutes, an official said. They had a police escort and a designated bus lane.
Officials are trying to prove to DNC officials just how easy it is to get from Midtown hotels to Brooklyn's Barclays.
"We move 3 million people on and off Manhattan every day just through the subway system," Schumer said.
"Transportation. There it is. 2, 3, 4, 5, B, Q, D, N, R," said Police Commissioner William Bratton. "We anticipate a 15-minute ride here with the dedicated travel lanes."
City officials are also trumping up their fundraising prowess. They have committed to raising $100 million privately for the convention.
"We're looking at a return on investment of at least 10 times," said Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen.
This was the first public event for DNC officials, who are scheduled to criss-cross the city, taking in sites for the next two days. There are five cities in total under consideration, and it's unclear exactly when a final decision will be made.