New Yorkers pay tribute to Bill Lynch, ‘The Genius’
8/15/2013, 10:52 a.m. | Updated on 8/15/2013, 10:52 a.m.
“Thanks, Bill, for orchestrating the campaign leading to the election of the first Black mayor of New York City, the Honorable David Dinkins. Rest in peace, my brother, for a job well done. He will be sorely missed.”
President of the Black Institute Bertha Lewis: “I am heartbroken. Today, a great man has passed, and I am deeply saddened by the loss of yet another mentor and friend to our community. A lot of what I know about politics and organizing, i learned from Bill Lynch. He was undoubtedly one of the greatest political minds of our era and will forever be known as a giant in politics.
“He was a legend on the gridiron and on the gritty streets of Harlem, and his passing creates a huge chasm in our city and our nations political fabric. I am honored to have known, learned and worked with him. Bill was a master political architect who was a key link between the Civil Rights Movement and electoral politics. The effects of his genius touched as far as South Africa and its abolishment of Apartheid, and the world mourns his passing. The hearts and minds of the Black Institute are with his family and our friends at Bill Lynch Associates.”
Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Bill Lynch; the New York City community has lost a lion today. Bill will be remembered as a pioneer in the political world, dedicating his life and career to ensuring that New York has representatives of color at all levels of government. Bill paved the way for so many of us who believe that only through coalition building will our communities will be empowered. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and close friends tonight. He will be sorely missed.”
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer: “Bill Lynch was a giant in so many ways, and the news of his passing brings sadness to all of us who knew him, who worked with him and respected his enormous achievements. He was a prominent and historic figure in New York politics, an immensely talented political consultant who guided David Dinkins to victory in his 1989 mayoral race.
“He built an extraordinary coalition in that campaign, and the ability to forge consensus became a hallmark of his multi-faceted career: He served Mayor Dinkins as deputy mayor for intergovernmental relations, becoming his chief aide and adviser; he helped bring the Democratic National Convention to New York City in 1992; and he organized the city’s welcome ceremony for Nelson Mandela.
“Bill Lynch fought long and hard for racial justice, and he was a tireless champion of the city’s working men and women. We will miss his courage, his intelligence and his commitment to serving the people of New York. Like many, I have lost a dear friend today, and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn: “Today, we mourn the loss of a true champion for progressive causes and one of the sharpest minds that New York government and politics has ever seen. Bill Lynch dedicated his life to making New York City a better place.
“As deputy mayor under Mayor Dinkins, Bill played a critical role in facilitating Nelson Mandela’s historic visit to New York City in 1990. Bill was a fighter for equality and the embodiment of a New Yorker: tough, smart and fiercely loyal to the city he loved. Bill was my friend. He was a one-of-a-kind New Yorker, and he will be sorely missed.”