For Immediate Release: November 24, 2020
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Statement from President Clinton and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of Mayor David Dinkins
Hillary and I mourn the passing of our friend David Dinkins, an extraordinary public servant whose lifetime of work made New York City fairer, better, and stronger. He was calm on the outside, and burned with a passion for justice on the inside. In the face of rising crime and a national recession, he raised taxes to hire police officers, began the community policing initiative that would lead to much safer streets, started primary care clinics, kept schools open late to provide more opportunities for children, and supported the most vulnerable by improving low-income housing. From the first time we met until our last conversation just a few weeks ago, he never stopped loving New York and celebrating its “gorgeous mosaic.”
Hillary and I will always be grateful for his unfailing kindness and support, beginning with his welcome to New York for the 1992 Democratic National Convention, and including the gift of introducing us to his friend Nelson Mandela.
Our prayers are with David’s children, his entire family, and the many people he inspired with his service and life of grace and gratitude.