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Brooklyn possible host for Democratic National Convention

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New York City- Brooklyn specifically- is among the cities in the early running to hold the 2016 Democratic National Convention. 

Democratic National Committee leaders along with local leaders toured the Barclays Center on Monday. They're also taking a closer look at hotels and transportation options for the estimated 50,000 visitors for the convention.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Sen. Charles Schumer were expected to host the DNC members.

"When it comes to hosting an event like the 2016 Democratic National Convention, there is simply no place quite like New York City. The Big Apple is an unparalleled destination with the infrastructure and amenities needed to support an event of this magnitude," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"Hosting the DNC would also be a significant boost to the regional economy, ultimately supporting jobs and economic activity in all five boroughs and beyond. As the selection committee continues evaluating the remaining proposals, I encourage them to envision just how successful a convention located in New York City would be."

Also vying for the 2016 convention are Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Birmingham, Alabama; Columbus, Ohio; and Phoenix, Arizona.

Philadelphia's track record may give it an early edge over the four other cities.

The city has hosted the political gathering before and has the added bonus that possible contenders Hillary Rodham Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden have family ties to the state.

The original U.S. capital, Philadelphia touts its historical significance. It has hosted the presidential nominating convention seven times since 1856, most recently the Republican one in 2000.

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