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David Dinkins, New York’s only Black mayor, whose struggles with civil unrest and racial strife in the early 1990s overshadowed his success in beginning the city’s two-decade trend of reduced crime, has died. He was 93. Dinkins died on Monday night at his home on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the New York Times reported, citing Mayor Bill de Blasio. Dinkins coined the phrase “gorgeous mosaic” to describe New Yorkers’ tolerance and respect for ethnic diversity. His contributions included his role in creating the privately financed National Tennis Center in Queens, where the U.S. Open is played. He suffered irrevocable political damage during three days of riots in August 1991, after a Black child was accidentally killed by a Jewish motorist in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Dinkins won election as the city’s 106th mayor in 1989, besting Republican Rudolph Giuliani by 47,000 votes, the narrowest margin in New York history. He lost a rematch to Giuliani by 53,000 votes four years later, after Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor, vowed to reorganize the Police Department in a war against crime. Dinkins spent his post-mayoral years rebutting critics whom he said unfairly blamed him for conditions he inherited. “One would have gotten the impression that on Dec. 31, 1989, there was no crime, and on the next day, when I took office, the homicide rate was over 2,000 a year, as though it had occurred overnight,” Dinkins wrote in his 2013 autobiography, “A Mayor’s Life.” De Blasio got his start in city politics working as a 28-year-old volunteer coordinator in Dinkins’ 1989 campaign, and later served as a City Hall aide in the Dinkins administration. De Blasio named the city’s municipal office building after Dinkins in 2015. Dinkins said his biggest achievements included “keeping each branch library open at a time when we had little or no money,” at a cost of $47 million, and persuading the state legislature to enact an income-tax surcharge to pay for the hiring of thousands of police officers. His favorite moment as mayor was the 1990 visit of Nelson Mandela, whom Dinkins hosted at Gracie Mansion. “He’s one of my all-time heroes, as you might imagine,” Dinkins said during a 2011 appearance before the Association for a Better New York, a civic organization of real estate developers and corporate executives that Dinkins helped create. The most lasting impact of Dinkins’ tenure was the political breakthrough he achieved by becoming the city’s first Black mayor, said Gerald Benjamin, a political scientist who directs the Benjamin Center for regional policy research at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He is co-author, with Daniel Feldman, of “Tales from the Sausage Factory: Making Laws in New York State” published in 2010. “New York had enormous challenges when he was mayor, and many fiscal issues remained unaddressed,” Benjamin said in a 2012 interview. “While Dinkins addressed the crime issue, people didn’t feel a change in the city’s quality of life until he was gone. His major contribution lay in motivating political inclusion among a vast number of minority residents who hadn’t felt included or empowered.” Most recently, Dinkins served on the faculty at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, which in 1995 created an annual public-policy forum in his name. He hosted a radio interview program on WLIB-AM. He also served on the boards of non-profit organizations including the U.S. Tennis Association, Acorn, the Children’s Health Fund, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and was a founding member of the Association for a Better New York. He began his political career as a New York state assemblyman in 1966, then became president of the New York City Board of Elections before the City Council appointed him city clerk in 1975. He was elected Manhattan borough president in 1985. Subscribe to our YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2TwO8Gm Bloomberg Quicktake brings you live global news and original shows spanning business, technology, politics and culture. Make sense of the stories changing your business and your world. To watch complete coverage on Bloomberg Quicktake 24/7, visit http://www.bloomberg.com/qt/live, or watch on Apple TV, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, Fire TV and Android TV on the Bloomberg app. Have a story to tell? Fill out this survey for a chance to have it featured on Bloomberg Quicktake: https://cor.us/surveys/27AF30 Connect with us on… YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Bloomberg Breaking News on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BloombergQuickTakeNews Twitter: https://twitter.com/quicktake Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/quicktake Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/quicktakeBloomberg Quicktake: Now YouTube Channel
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