Mayor Adams, City, State, Federal launch bid for 2024 Democratic National Convention

May 27, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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New York City Mayor Eric Adams, joined by New York City, state, and federal elected officials, last week launched the city’s bid to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention (DNC). 

The city hosted the Republican National Convention in 2004, during the mayoralty of Michael Bloomberg. The last time it hosted the Democratic National Convention was in 1992.

While making all major venues available for the convention, the bid proposes Madison Square Garden as the primary event site, with the Jacob K. Javits Center available to host different components of the event, allowing the entire convention — from venues and office space to hotels and media — to take place within a 20-minute walk. 

“This is the most diverse city in America, and one that reflects the face of not only the Democratic Party, but the entire nation. There is no better place for the DNC to host their convention than New York City, which is why we are proud to submit our bid today for the 2024 convention,” said Mayor Adams. 

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“New York City is primed and prepared to host the DNC for the 2024 convention, and we are eager to showcase everything the Big Apple has to offer,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Andrew Kimball. “The hundreds of millions of dollars generated by the convention would significantly help support the ongoing recovery for numerous businesses, retailers, hotels, restaurants, and more that suffered during the pandemic.”

“As the dean of New York’s congressional delegation, I am proud to offer my strong support of New York City’s bid to host the 2024 Democratic National Convention,” said U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan-Brooklyn). “New York City is the most dynamic and diverse city in the world. It offers the perfect backdrop to showcase the ideas of the Democratic Party’s platform, our party members, and our nominee to the American people.”

“I am thrilled that New York City is putting in a bid to host the 2024 DNC Convention,” said U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan-Greenpoint-Queens). “It has been 30 years since the DNC Convention was in New York City, and it’s time for it to come back.” 

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan-Brooklyn) speaks in Washington, D.C. Greg Nash/Pool Photo via AP, File

“New York City is a gorgeous mosaic whose diversity has long fueled the Democratic Party,” said U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn). “From President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Shirley Chisholm to Majority Leader Charles Schumer and many more, our city has also given some of its best to the party.for leading this push.”

Hosting the convention would provide a significant boost to New York City’s economy, directly benefiting many of the small businesses that were particularly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. During the 2016 convention — the last in-person Democratic National Convention — Philadelphia reported $230.9 million in economic activity and over 54,000 visitors to the region, and city officials project that that number will be even larger for 2024.

Andrew Kimball, president and CEO of the city’s Economic Development Corporation. Eagle file photo by Andy Katz

The proposal also highlights the city’s extensive experience providing security for high-profile events and a range of convenient transportation options, including three national airports offering nonstop service to 2,000 cities in the United States and around the world and a rich public transit system with trains, buses, ferries, and quick-rental Citi Bike bicycles for travel in and around the city.

“No other place hosts big events on a world stage like New York City, and we’re proud to be part of the efforts to welcome the 2024 Democratic National Convention,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO, NYC & Company. “Hosting the DNC in 2024 would signal the business industry’s continued recovery and underscore New York City’s position as the events capital of the world.”

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