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Hochul and Adams push to host 2024 Democratic National Convention in New York: ‘There’s no better place’

STATEN ISLAND, NY — The Democratic National Committee (DNC) 2024 Presidential Convention site selection team is heading to New York this week and Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams have a message for them: New York is the best city to host the convention.

Hochul and Adams held a press conference at the Javits Center on Thursday where they began explaining why the DNC should pick the Big Apple for the 2024 convention, which they will demonstrate to the venue selection team over the next two days. The city submitted its official application for the role in May.

“I’m so energized by this opportunity to shine a light on our scene here in New York with the mayor because there aren’t two greater champions and believers in this city of the state than the two of us. And we want to spread that sense of optimism that we naturally have about the possibilities of our comeback,” Hochul said.

The governor described the potential selection of NYC as the host city in 2024 by the DNC as a symbol of the “rebirth” of the city and state and a rebirth of the Democratic Party.

“The symbolism is glaring in why this should be the venue for the next convention. But as the mayor said – the nightlife, the vitality, the energy, the excitement – it’s a return and by 2024, we’ll be at full throttle. And people will want to come here to celebrate our nation’s post-COVID rebirth, the long dark slumber of COVID, but also the rebirth of our once again re-energized Democratic Party. And there’s no better place to do it than here in New York, NY,” Hochul said.

She and Adams both highlighted New York’s values ​​of public safety, workers’ rights, women’s rights, immigrant rights, fighting climate change, celebrating diversity and rejecting bigotry. as aligning with those of the party.

“New York has continued to show why we are leading the way and this party is one that will continue to show that it is working on behalf of ordinary New Yorkers and Americans,” the mayor said.

“We are going to spend the next few days showing the whole delegation why there is no other place like New York. When the curtain rises in New York, it rises in America; and we know it,” Adams continued. “We’re going to show off everything from our stunning venues, restaurants, incredible infrastructure and transportation; the ability to move with a large number of people; [and] the best police force in the world.

DNC President Jaime Harrison, who was also at the press conference on Thursday, spoke about the importance of the convention and spotlighted the party.

“There is only one party that represents diversity. There is only one party that looks like America in every way. Think about the diversity of this great nation, which is our greatest strength,” Harrison said. “There is only one party that truly resembles America, that has the values ​​of this great nation. It’s the Democratic Party. And so for the convention, this is our only time in four years where each party can show who they are and what they stand for.

“We’re looking for a city that can help us advance this cause that can demonstrate all of this diversity not just for people who frequent that city, but for people around the world,” the president continued.

Hochul also highlighted the city’s historical ties as the first national capital in the 18th century. The 2024 convention would mark the centennial since New York City hosted its first DNC ​​in 1924. The governor also pointed out that the last time the Big Apple hosted the event was in 1992.

“It’s been a very good year for a young man, a governor of Arkansas named Bill Clinton. So things are going well for people who are appointed in this city,” she said.

Philadelphia, which was also briefly the nation’s capital in the 18th century, hosted the last presidential DNC in 2020.

ADDRESSING INFRASTRUCTURE AND SECURITY NEEDS

During the Q&A, reporters asked Harrison if he had any concerns about the city’s crime rates influencing the committee’s site selection and its potential impact on delegates’ sense of safety and attendees at the convention in New York.

Harrison responded that he felt “confident that visitors will be safe” at the convention, which consists of “some of the safest events in the country.” He also emphasized his faith in the leadership of Hochul and Adams and the guarantee that New York City will be safer by 2024.

“They are real leaders. They have demonstrated time and time again that they know what they are doing, so I have full confidence. We are already seeing the improvements they are making in terms of infrastructure and security, working together with the police force and everything. So that’s not something I question,” the president said, noting that New York City wouldn’t be considered otherwise.

The mayor touted the NYPD as “the best police department on the planet” and said the city’s public transit infrastructure was its “highest selling point,” in addition to the vast experience of the city ​​in the organization of major events.

Adams also pointed out that some of New York’s biggest concerns aren’t unique to the Big Apple.

“All of the cities being considered face issues similar to those we are dealing with here in New York. Some of the issues are not new to New York, but we share information,” the mayor said, noting that he and other big city mayors are in communication and exchanging ideas.

Atlanta, Chicago and Houston are the other three cities that have submitted bids to host the DNC in 2024. The site selection team traveled to Houston last week and will travel to Chicago next week.

Hochul reiterated the nobility of NYC.

“We know the best we have. We’re happy to brag about it because we’re New Yorkers. But, I think you’ll leave here after two days of exploring all we have to offer with that sense as well; that this is the only place where the convention should and can take place. And we look forward to hosting this together as partners in 2024,” she said.

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