Bill Lynch, mastermind of David Dinkins's Victory, Dies

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Bill Lynch, the mastermind of David Dinkins' successful run, to become the first African American mayor of New York City, has reportedly passed away.

The Black Star News was able to confirm his death from people close to Mr. Lynch but additional details aren't yet available. He was 72 years old.

Democratic Mayoral candidate and former City Councilman Sal Albanese issued the following statement:

"I just learned that Bill Lynch, one of the greatest political strategists of a generation, passed away. Bill was the architect of David Dinkins' history-making campaign and, as a Deputy Mayor, was always responsive to the needs of the neighborhoods I represented on the City Council. I'll never forget our time together on the campaign trail. He was funny, smart, and never stopped working to change our city for the better. He'll be sorely missed."

Mr. Lynch was referred to as the "rumpled genius" by his friends and associates.

With Lynch as his campaign manager in 1989, Dinkins beat Mayor Ed Koch in the Democratic primary and defeated Rudolph Giuliani, the Republican candidate, in the general election.

Dinkins served as mayor of New York City from 1990 to 1993.

Lynch was Deputy Mayor for Intergovernmental Relations during the Dinkins Administration and was one of his closest advisers. He was known to work 15 hours days.

"I get a little emotional when I talk about Bill Lynch. He works like hell,"  Dinkins once told The New York Times.

The brilliant political mastermind, Mr. Lynch, had battled with poor health for years. 

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