NYC Officially Makes Bid for DNC

Image: File photo of the Barclays Center in New York
People arrive for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York in this September 21, 2012 file photo. The New York Islanders will play in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn starting in 2015, moving from New York's Nassau County on Long Island, a city official said. New York City and hockey officials are to make the announcement on Wednesday at a news conference called by the Barclays Center. BRENDAN MCDERMID / Reuters

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday officially offered up Brooklyn to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

In a letter to DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, de Blasio suggested the event be held at the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn, touting it as a “spectacular arena in one of the most dynamic and resurgent neighborhoods in our city.”

In April, the DNC sent letters to 15 cities, including New York, asking them to consider hosting the party’s presidential nominating ceremony. The deadline to apply was Friday.

“The values of the Democratic Party -- inclusion, diversity, compassion -- are part of our city’s spirit,” de Blasio said. “We believe that this spirit can energize and captivate both the Democratic Party and the nation.”

-- Andrew Rafferty