A Nice Guy Finishes First

But Dinkins may not be tough enough to cope with New York

For more than two decades, blacks in New York City watched longingly as African-American mayors took control of a score of major cities. Though they constituted Gotham's second largest ethnic group, blacks had not won a single citywide office. Last week they finally exulted in a triumph of their own. Drawing support from what he called a "gorgeous mosaic" of black, Hispanic and white voters, David Dinkins edged out former U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani to succeed three-term Mayor Edward Koch.

Except for his race, the former Manhattan borough president was hardly a bold choice for a city accustomed to setting trends....

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