De Blasio Rules Out NYC Bid for Olympics

NEW YORK (AP) -

Mayor Bill de Blasio has ruled out making a bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games in Queens.

Alicia Glen, deputy mayor for housing and economic development, said the mayor made the decision after weighing the pros and cons of hosting the event.

De Blasio previously has expressed little interest in hosting the Olympics. But earlier this month, he said he would work with Gov. Andrew Cuomo if a bid was planned.

Cuomo’s office had confirmed it was looking at a proposal from Bloomberg administration official Daniel Doctoroff, who championed the city’s failed bid for the 2012 Games.

Glen says top officials feared an Olympic bid would distract from the mayor’s economic-development agenda.