Brooklyn Among Finalists to Host 2016 Democratic National Convention

Brooklyn is one of the three finalists to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the committee organizing the event said Monday. Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio, are the other remaining contenders.

The Democratic National Committee says convention bids from Birmingham, Alabama and Phoenix have been eliminated. The site will be announced in early 2015.

The decision is based on several factors, including the city's ability to raise millions of dollars to host the event, along with the potential venues, hotels and transportation options.

A delegation from the DNC toured Brooklyn and its bid's centerpiece venue, the Barclays Center, over the summer.

The de Blasio administration has tried to quell criticisms that Brooklyn does not have enough hotel rooms for the more than 30,000 expected convention-goers, saying that the hotels in Manhattan are closer to the arena than many of the hotels serving recent convention cities, like Charlotte, North Carolina, were to their event sites.

The convention to nominate the party's next presidential candidate will be held during the weeks of July 18, July 25 or Aug. 22.

Republicans have selected Cleveland as their 2016 convention site. 

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