David Dinkins, NYC’s first Black mayor, dies at 93

David Dinkins, New York City’s first and only Black mayor, died Monday night at his home in Manhattan. He was 93.

Dinkins beat three-term mayor Ed Koch in the Democratic primary in 1989 and went on to defeat then-prosecutor Rudy Giuliani to win what Dinkins described as “the greatest job there is.”

During Dinkins’ term, New York City was plagued with economic problems, high rates of murder and other crimes, and racial turmoil.

A state investigation determined that Dinkins didn’t act in a timely manner to stop the racial violence, and he was narrowly defeated in 1993 by Giuliani.

After leaving office, Dinkins was active in several charities and taught public affairs at Columbia University, and published a 2013 autobiography.

Dinkins’ wife, Joyce, died on Oct. 11.

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