of New York | NYC &
Company, Inc. | June
17, 2002 Press Release
--Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor
-George E. Pataki, Governor
-Rudolph W. Giuliani, Chair of the New York City Host Committee
for the 2004 Republican National Convention
City Obligations: The City of New York and its Host Committee are prepared to commit funds of $71.5 million, consisting of $51.5 million of cash and $20 million of in-kind security services provided by the New York Police Department, toward the Convention.
Convention Complex: Madison Square Garden. Constructed in 1968 and renovated in 1991. 17,924 permanent seats including suites; 3,000 portable seats can be added on the convention floor for a total of 20,924 seats with no sight line obstructions. The Arena floor is 26,000 sq. ft. with no columns.
Host Committee: Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is chair of the Host Committee. Vice Chairs are Roland W. Betts (chairman and founder of Chelsea Piers, L.P.; Betts and George W. Bush assembled the group of investors that purchased the Texas Rangers Baseball Club in 1989); Marie-Josée Kravis (senior fellow of the Hudson Institute Inc.); and Jack Hennessy (former investment banker, served as CEO of Credit Suisse First Boston).
Hotels: More than 230 hotels and over 66,000 hotel rooms; 49,000 hotel rooms in midtown Manhattan. Initial commitment of 22,025 rooms of which 2,100 are suites. Possible RNC headquarters hotels are New York Marriott Marquis, the Grand Hyatt, Hilton New York, Sheraton New York, and the Waldorf-Astoria.
Security and Transportation: The NYPD has over 39,000 uniformed police officers and about 10,000 civilian members, making it the largest police force in the nation.
The mass transit system, including 26 subway
lines and more than 200 bus routes, serves 2.3 billion people each year.
Three major airports (JFK International, Newark International and La Guardia),
rail (Penn Station is the busiest train station in North America).
The bid also notes that "delegates and guests will find it refreshing that
they can actually walk from their hotel to the convention complex and to
the places they'll want to see around midtown Manhattan."
Observations. After the devastating attacks of September 11, New York City is a sentimental favorite to hold one and possibly both of the 2004 conventions. Here, on Sept. 14, 2001, occurred one of the most memorable moments of George W. Bush's presidency, as he appeared amid the rubble of the World Trade Center site, surrounded by rescue workers, speaking to them through a bullhorn. Republicans have never held their convention in New York City. (The city did make an unsuccessful effort to attract the 2000 Republican convention). With the state boasting a Republican governor, George E. Pataki, and the city having experienced a revival under Republican leadership provided by Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and now Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the Big Apple seems a strong pick to host the party's convention in 2004. According to the 2000 Census, the New York-Northern NJ-Long Island consolidated metropolitan area has a population of 21.2 million (the nation's biggest metropolitan area), and the primary New York area is home to 9.3 million people.
Copyright © 2002 Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.