Acting in his capacity as a private citizen, a former top city official is petitioning Gov. Cuomo to consider backing another bid by the city to host the Olympics, this time the 2024 games, the Financial Times reported on its website Wednesday.
The plan, proposed by Daniel Doctoroff, who is chief executive of the Bloomberg LP media group and was a deputy mayor under former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, is “focused on” Queens, according to the Financial Times report.
The article had no details on the plan, and the Queens Chronicle could not discover any elsewhere by press time.
But the piece said Doctoroff’s plan would “move the city’s only convention center to Queens” and that he hopes to “transform 167 acres of rail yards” — the size of the railroad complex in Sunnyside.
The project would also include building “tens of thousands” of units of housing, the Financial Times said. A key goal of the plan is economic development.
The article said Cuomo is assessing the idea but that a bid for the 2024 Olympics is not something the office of Mayor de Blasio is considering.