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New York City to bid for 2024 Democratic National Convention

Leading the effort within City Hall are Chief of Staff Frank Carone and Deputy Mayor for Labor and Economic Development Maria Torres-Springer.

Despite Adams’ ties to outer boroughs — he grew up in Queens and served as the borough president of Brooklyn — his team suggests Midtown Manhattan as a location, given its proximity to hotels, public transportation, museums and restaurants, the person said.

During his first term, former mayor Bill de Blasio applied to host the 2016 convention, but ultimately lost to Philadelphia. At that time, the city estimated that the event would cost taxpayers $10 million, with most of the total $100 million cost being borne by private donors.

Among the reasons given was the location of the Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, as opposed to what many considered the more obvious choice of Madison Square Garden in Manhattan. Then president of the DNC, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, cited insufficient hotel accommodation in Brooklyn for delegates attending the convention; others pointed to the difficulty of securing the perimeter around the arena.

“The delegate experience was a very, very important thing to us,” she said at the time.

New York City last hosted a presidential nominating convention in 2004 — but that was for the Republican Party. The most recent Big Apple DNC was at Madison Square Garden in 1992 with contestant Bill Clinton.

The pitch comes as Adams, just five months into the job, is already beginning to covet a national role. He has repeatedly declared himself the “face of the Democratic Party” and urged National Democrats to focus more on common sense solutions than ideology. (The party’s left wing and Adams are regularly at odds.)

In showcasing National Democrats in New York — a state much bluer than the battlegrounds that often host conventions — Adams is expected to highlight the city’s hotel inventory and public transit, access to three major airports , union support and the mayor’s relatively good relationship with Gov. Kathy Hochul, the person said.

Adams will likely have to respect the way he talks about gun violence, a topic he repeatedly cites as the most important he faces.

“In my professional career, I have never witnessed a crime at this level, and the will to bear arms and the will to use a gun,” he recently said in an interview. televised – a comment that was pushed back given the high rate of violence in the city when he was a police officer in the 1980s.

But Adams on Monday sounded more like a cheerleader than a skeptic.

He said he recently spoke with the boss of Goldman Sachs, following the death of an employee killed this weekend in a subway.

“I’m going to meet with all of my business leaders and tell them that we have to move on, we’re going to do our job and continually transform the way we patrol, identifying those pain points, dealing with the housing issue, dealing with all the mess we’re going through,” he said. “But yes, the call is to get back to work, and the safety of the subway system is a major factor in getting that done.”

Janaki Chadha contributed to this report.