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David Dinkins, New York City’s Only Black Mayor, Dies at 93

  • He was elected in 1989 as the crack cocaine epidemic spiked
  • His legacy was hurt by three days of riots in Crown Heights
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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.