NEW YORK – Council Member Farah Louis (D-Brooklyn) issued the following statement after the Honorable David Dinkins, New York City’s first and only African-American mayor, died at home on Monday. He was 93.


“From the United States Marine Corps to city and state government, former New York City Mayor David Dinkins was a man of humility with a heart for service to others. During his mayoralty, he championed issues that disproportionately affected marginalized populations across our city.

“Today, we mourn the loss of a man who believed in building communities and preserving our city’s unparalleled cultural diversity.  

“On behalf of my constituents in District 45, I send our thoughts and prayers to the Dinkins family during this time. May he rest in power.”

At 93, he leaves behind two children, two grandchildren, and his sister, Joyce Belton.