DNC bigs scout Brooklyn for 2016 convention

Dems tour Brooklyn in search of a good time

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Brooklyn got its close-up on Monday as Democratic officials toured the borough to see if it’s a good fit to host the party’s 2016 convention. The excursion began at the Barclays Center with a morning ceremony featuring a who’s-who of borough Dems. Sen. Charles Schumer (D–New York) said choosing New York, with Brooklyn’s Thunderdome-esque arena as a focal point, is a no-brainer.

“What’s really important is representing the future,” Schumer said. “And no place represents the future like Brooklyn.”

The visiting delegation includes 15 staffers from the Democrats’ advisory committee, which will help select the site of the upcoming presidential-candidate-nominating ritual. Brooklyn officially entered the running back in June, and a definitive analysis of the 13 other contenders showed that the borough is the obvious choice. Democratic Party bigs have now narrowed that list to five — Brooklyn, Birmingham, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Columbus, Ohio — and are touring each.

The Barclays visit began a planned two days in New York with stops at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and in Manhattan also on the agenda. The liberal party’s envoys are supposed to evaluate transportation, lodging, security, and the convention venues in each city under consideration.

Schumer dismissed the idea of hosting the political shindig at Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden, where Republicans held their convention in 2004.

“I like MSG,” Schumer said. “But there’s no more modern convention center than this.”

Schumer also said that Hillary Clinton, who is a presumptive candidate for the 2016 presidential election, wants to see the massive gathering happen in Kings County.

“She would be so, so, happy if we had it in Brooklyn,” he said.

Journalists at less boosterish publications have questioned whether the borough has enough hotel space to accommodate the many delegates, out-of-town media types, and electeds the convention would bring, but the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership said the area around the Barclays Center should have 2,000 rooms in the next few years and thousands more await just across the East River. Schumer agreed, claiming our competition can’t hold a candle to the amount of guest accommodations New York has available.

“To say we don’t have enough hotel space is a canard,” he said. “We have more hotel space close to the convention center than many of the other cities.”

The city’s proposal said that, if New York is picked, some of the delegates would sleep in Manhattan and drive or ride the subway to the arena for the festivities.

The advisory group visiting this week is staying in the Midtown section of Manhattan, offering the Police Department a chance to show off how it can carve out a dedicated lane of traffic to whisk a caravan to Prospect Heights in no time.

“We demonstrated that this morning,” police chief Bill Bratton said. “We anticipated 15 minutes of travel, and we got here in about 14 minutes.”

Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo (D–Fort Greene) said that, in addition to the many logistical virtues of a Brooklyn-centered convention, the borough’s hip factor makes it a mad obvious choice.

“We birthed the concept of cool,” she said. “We have swag on lockdown.”

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Epiphany from Ex-Brooklyn says:
The latest Barclays scandal, where the bank is once again accused of ripping off the public is the perfect backdrop for an expensive party for a borough-wide den of self-serving politician/thieves (many under investigation) to do their handywork and line their pockets with taxpayer dollars under the bank's banner.

"Barclays takes £900m hit as PPI scandal drags on"

"New York’s attorney general Eric Schneiderman has accused the bank of encouraging “predatory” high-frequency traders into the dark pool while telling other investors that they were protected. "

Meanwhile, maybe jive-talking pol Laurie Cumbo can market her "lockdown" swag at the convention (or maybe is it lockup swag?).

And welcome Hillary Clinton. What war are you gonna start (vote for) next, then sleazily squiggle out when it turns out you made a horrible and tragic choice that cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of human beings?
Aug. 11, 2014, 7:47 pm
DE from Park Slope says:
if the DNC awards the 2016 Convention to Brooklyn to be held in the Barclays Center that was taken away from private citizens by eminent domain given to a private for profit real estate developer by the State of NY and the developer couldn’t develop it and is now owned by Russian oligarch & 70% Chinese Government… in the "haven of Brooklyn liberal cool?" Really?
Aug. 12, 2014, 9:28 am
Common Cents from Crown Heights says:
The last thing Brooklyn needs is more wind bag politicians creating more traffic and reducing our freedoms even more under the guise of convention "security". One day the people will wake up, see these Democrats and Republicans for what they are and vote the bums out. As far as Chucky goes, it's no surprise that he sits on committees such as Banking, Housing, and Finance and his top contributors are in securities/investments, Law, and real estate...
Aug. 12, 2014, 10:32 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Wouldn't it be an irony for the DNC to be hosted at an arena that is a product of both eminent domain abuse and corporate welfare? As a registered Democrat, I tend to find this a bad idea to host it there. If they most host it in NYC, I suggest they use MSG, because at least that is privately built. I don't just oppose it being there for the traffic that the security will cause, but also going what the party itself is usually against. Then again, some politicians can be selective especially if a certain company or individual gives them a good endorsement, which is why I feel that there needs to be a campaign finance reform.
Aug. 12, 2014, 6:04 pm
ty from pps says:
Maybe they will nominate Honest Injun Lizzy Warren for President. She is the 1%!
Aug. 12, 2014, 7:29 pm
seymour from park slope says:
I think it's a great idea. Perhaps the delegates will even get to like the bed bugs & rats on the city trains. Come on down.
Aug. 13, 2014, 8:54 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
They should be made to use bikes. Forward Comrades!
Aug. 13, 2014, 10:27 am

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