Mayor Welcomes DNC Chair to Barclays Center as City Makes Final Pitch to Host Convention
In video you will only see on NY1, Mayor Bill de Blasio welcomed Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz to Barclays Center Friday, which is where the mayor hopes the convention will be held. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
Democratic officials won't say much about where they want to hold the party's next national convention, but their every move is being closely watched for clues.
The Democratic National Committee is the final days of deciding where the next national convention should go. The contest is between New York, Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio. DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has already visited the other cities.
"We've had very productive conversations with the chairwoman and her staff," said Mayor Bill de Blasio. "I feel very good about the effort we put forward, I know it's highly competitive. I know we're coming down to the wire in terms of a decision being made."
The chairwoman's plans in New York have been kept quiet. She was expected to visit the area around Barclays in addition to her tour and attend a private reception in the evening.
Earlier this week, the city said it has amassed $20 million in fundraising pledges already for the convention. It hopes to raise $100 million in all.
"We're the most exciting place in the country," said Sen. Charles Schumer. "We have the best facilities. We can raise the most money. That's a big one because the DNC doesn't want to put out money to run the convention."
The mayor dismissed chatter that friction between City Hall and the police officers would derail the bid. At least one police union has urged the Democratic National Committee to go elsewhere.
"That has not been a concern in the discussions we've have had with the DNC, for obvious reasons, because the NYPD is legendary for what it's able to do in terms of protecting big events - its capacity, its numbers, its logistical strength. There's no comparison anywhere else in the country," de Blasio said. "This is really apples and oranges."
Democratic Party officials are expected to announce their decision in early February.