NYC Municipal Building renamed in honor of David Dinkins
On Thursday, October 15, 2015, a ceremony to rename the New York City Municipal Building in honor of David N. Dinkins was held near the arch of the municipal building at One Centre Street, New York City.
Dinkins’ family, former workers, politicians and hordes of friends filled the outdoor area confirming, this was a glorious day.
Carl Weisbrod, Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission, welcomed the audience saying he had worked in the Dinkins administration as well as, presently in the de Blasio’s administration. First Lady Chirlane McCray followed by expressing her emotional tribute, as she wiped away tears, sharing how she wrote speeches for Mayor Dinkins non-stop.
“I want to set the record straight…history must reflect the accomplishments of Mayor Dinkins”, stated Mayor deBlasio. It was David Dinkins that along with NYC Council Speaker Vallone who went to Albany and demanded money for “Safe Cities, Safe Streets,” which amounted to an increase in police officers and a reduction in crime. Mayor de Blasio praised Dinkins for signing the most lucrative sports contract ever in the history of NYC, the U.S. Open Tennis arena and for the increase in affordable housing units during his tenure.
Honorable Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of the New York City Council congratulated Dinkins on behalf of the City Council saying, the former mayor always connected with people and was one of the first to marry a same-sex couple.
The audience was entertained by melodies from the New York City Police Band and the energetic dancers from the El Puente Beacon Junior Dance Ensemble.
The 106th Mayor David N. Dinkins rose to thank fellow New Yorkers for gathering to celebrate him. The former mayor did not disappoint the crowd when he humbly accepted the honor bestowed upon him saying, “I have been the beneficiary of the kindness and inspiration of so many great men and women upon whose shoulders I stand. Today I remember the vision and daring courage of Percy Sutton, the inspired resourcefulness and brilliance of Basil Paterson and the rumpled genius of Bill Lynch in whose footsteps we walk and my brother Congressman Charlie Rangel.”
Dinkins paid homage to his beautiful bride, Joyce, our first African American First Lady of the City of New York, his son Davey, his daughter Donna and his grandchildren. He reassured us he never sought fame or fortune, nor a building to be named after himself but his reward was the satisfaction in giving service to our city, a gorgeous mosaic. Dinkins ended by saying, “I am but a single tile in that thrilling exhibition we call New York City.”
Together Mayor de Blasio and Hon. David Dinkins unveiled the plaque that will be placed forever on the Municipal Building. The crowd rejoiced. Earlier Dinkins had asked his fellow New Yorkers, “When someone points to the David N. Dinkins Municipal Building plaque, I’m counting on you to explain our shared history.”
A reception followed at the Tweed Courthouse building at 52 Chambers Street.