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David Dinkins Quotes


A former politician from New York City. He was the Mayor of New York City from 1990 through 1993.
(1927 - )

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And I tell people I'm in charge of children, children I haven't even met yet.
 

And, as a matter of fact, I am the chairman of the Amadou Diallo Foundation.
 

As a matter of fact, even when I finished law school, I had no notion of public service then.
 

But I make the observation that no one of us would do things exactly alike.
 

But the courts have dismissed the lawsuits against me and Lee Brown.
 

Children are amazing, and while I go to places like Princeton and Harvard and Yale, and of course I teach at Columbia, NYU, and that's nice and I love students, but the most fun of all are the real little ones, the young ones.
 

I finished law school in '56, but I was working two jobs.
 

I haven't committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.
 

I love children, and most of my involvement now has to do with children or youth programs.
 

I went downtown as a lawyer and then I worked in a liquor store at night, as I had done all through law school. And so when I got to the point where I could give up the night job, I joined the political club.
 

I went to Israel when the missiles were falling there.
 

I'm confident that, were I mayor, I would do some things differently than he has. But I think there's a world of difference between him and his immediate predecessor.
 

In 1975 I was among a group of blacks who formed the Black Americans in Support of Israel Committee.
 

My mother came here to New York. She and my grandmother were domestics, cooking, cleaning for other people.
 

So it's a mistake for someone to think that they bailed New York out. They did assist us, for which we are grateful, but it's a mistake to say we bailed New York out by giving them a grant of money to help those poor people who throw it away on welfare.
 

Some of us claim that New York City is the capital of the country, indeed the capital of the world. Now, that may be a bit much for those who don't come from New York, but clearly we are an important city for reasons of our cultural advantages.
 

The art and culture that is New York, communications, finance, all these things help make up New York. The rest of the country should be happy that we are what we are.
 

The people really are what make New York City great.
 

There is no point in me worrying about what Bloomberg or Badillo will do.
 

This is about these particular candidates in this particular year. That's what motivates me.
 


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