Brooklyn bids for 2016 Democratic convention

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recommended the 2016 Democratic National Convention should be held in Brooklyn. 

De Blasio proposed the borough could anchor the convention with other events spread throughout the city. 

The Barclays Center, located in "one of the most dynamic and resurgent neighborhoods," would be the principle venue with its 17,732-seat arena, home to the Brooklyn Nets. 

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"The progressive spirit of New York City has never been stronger or more vibrant than it is today. The values of the Democratic Party — inclusion, diversity, compassion — are part of our city's spirit," de Blasio wrote in a cover letter to Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.), posted by The New York Times.

The selection committee has put an emphasis on diversity, inclusion and a strong relationship with organized labor. In 2012, the DNC received some criticism for hosting its convention in Charlotte, N.C., a "right to work" state. 

New York — and Brooklyn in particular — is one of the most liberal cities in the country. 

"From our cultural groups to our elected officials, business partners, union workers and tourism industry, there is incredible energy around this bid," de Blasio said.

New York has hosted the Democratic convention four times in the last 100 years, the last coming when former President Clinton was nominated in 1992. But all previous events were held at Madison Square Garden.

Hillary Clinton, who is contemplating a run for president, and her husband have strong ties to the city and state. She previously represented the state in the Senate before entering the State Department. 

New York is one of 15 cities invited to make a bid to host the convention in the summer of 2016. The other cities included were Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City.

Friday marked the deadline to submit a proposal. The final selection will come later this year or early next year.  

— This post has been updated.