New York City’s first Black mayor, David Dinkins, has died at the age of 93.
Police responded to Dinkins’ home Monday evening, just after 9 p.m. after a 911 call came in from a home health aide who discovered him.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dinkins was the 106th mayor of the city and the first, and so far, only Black person to hold the office.
Dinkins went from the New York State Assembly to becoming the Manhattan Borough President.
The pinnacle of his career was becoming mayor of New York City, making history in the process.
The Democrat ran against Republican Rudy Giuliani in 1989 and defeated him. They were matched against each other again in 1993 – that time, Giuliani won.
Giuliani tweeted his condolences to Dinkins’ family.
I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Mayor David Dinkins, and to the many New Yorkers who loved and supported him.
He gave a great deal of his life in service to our great City.
That service is respected and honored by all.
— Rudy W. Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) November 24, 2020
Dinkins would lead the nation’s largest city through some of its toughest times economically, politically and socially in the early 1990s.