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    David Dinkins, NYC’s first black mayor, dead at 93

    David Dinkins, who was elected New York City’s first black mayor in 1989 and famously referred to the nation’s largest metropolis as a “gorgeous mosaic,” died Monday night, sources told The Post.

    The former mayor passed away due to natural causes at his Upper East Side home at around 9:30 p.m. He was 93 years old.

    A home health aide had discovered Dinkins was not breathing and called 911, sources said.

    His death comes a little over a month after his wife, Joyce, died at their home. She was 89.

    Dinkins — who defeated three-term incumbent Ed Koch in the 1989 Democratic primary — beat Republican Rudy Giuliani that year to become the city’s 106th mayor.

    Giuliani mourned the death of Dinkins on Monday night.

    “I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Mayor David Dinkins, and to the many New Yorkers who loved and supported him,” Giuliani wrote on Twitter.

    “He gave a great deal of his life in service to our great City. That service is respected and honored by all.”

    He would serve one-term until 1993, when he narrowly lost his re-election bid in a re-match against his GOP foe.

    His turbulent time in office was marked by rampant crime and racial unrest. Despite the turmoil, he led the city with a grace and dignity that was respected even by his political foes and left him an admired figure when his tenure was long over.

    “David was a historic mayor. He showed that a black candidate can win biracial support in a city-wide race,” said former Gov. David Paterson, who became the first African-American governor.

    “There’s a special appreciation for him. He tried very hard to be the mayor of all the people.”

    Dinkins led the nation’s largest city two decades before Barack Obama was elected the first African-American president.

    “David Dinkins was a forerunner to Barack Obama. He was elected saying the same things,” said civil right activist Al Sharpton.

    “He helped to change the psychology of American politics, making it more inclusive and more progressive.”

     

    Source: New york Post