Dinkins on Dinkins

January 30, 2014 | CUNY Lecture Series, Hunter College

Of his years in office, former mayor David Dinkins says that “one of the real tragedies of our administration was the Crown Heights riots.” Speaking candidly at the Hunter College Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, Dinkins said, “I regret not telling the police sooner that they’ve got to do better … I take the blame for that which did not go well.” In a discussion of his recent book, A Mayor’s Life: Governing New York’s Gorgeous Mosaic, Dinkins also shared some of the accomplishments of his tenure as New York City’s first black mayor, including instituting the “Safe Streets, Safe City: Cops and Kids” crime reduction program and securing a nearly century-long lease to host the U.S. Open.