Stacy Lynch

A FAMILY REUNION OF SORTS: Stacy Lynch, who was endorsed March 30 by Local 1199SEIU for City Council in Upper Manhattan's 7th District, is the daughter of the late Bill Lynch, who managed David Dinkins's successful 1989 run for Mayor using Local 1199's West 43rd St. headquarters as the campaign office.

In 1989, Bill Lynch ran the campaign that ended with David Dinkins being elected the city's first black Mayor, using the headquarters of the giant health-care workers union known as 1199 as his base of operations.

Mr. Lynch and Mr. Dinkins have since passed on, and Dennis Rivera, then the recently elected president of 1199 who was about to restore the dynamism that had led Martin Luther King Jr. to call it his favorite union two decades earlier, has since retired.

'True Daughter of Movement'

But his successor, George Gresham, renewed the connection March 30 when he delivered the union's endorsement to Bill's daughter, Stacy Lynch, in her race for City Council in Upper Manhattan's 7th District.

In a statement, he called her "a true daughter of the civil-right movement," noting that Ms. Lynch founded Daughters of the Movement, a group of women who are daughters and granddaughters of civil-rights pioneers, including Malcolm X, the Rev. Al Sharpton, the late Manhattan Borough President Percy Sutton, and actors/activists Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and Diahann Carroll.

"From organizing free legal clinics to ensuring city government delivers quality services, Stacy has devoted herself to serving those most in need," Mr. Gresham continued.

In one respect, Ms. Lynch is following in her father's footsteps. He started his career as a community organizer before becoming a political operative who managed David Paterson's 1985 run for State Senate that paved the way for him to become the state's first African-American Governor, as well as working for the Rev. Jesse Jackson in his 1984 and 1988 runs for President and for Mr. Dinkins beginning with his 1985 election as Manhattan Borough President.

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WHEN THEY WERE KINGS: Mayor David Dinkins, campaign manager turned Deputy Mayor Bill Lynch and Nelson Mandela share a moment during the 1990 visit of the South African freedom-fighter that was a highlight of the term of New York's first—and so far, only—African-American Mayor. 

Going Where He Didn't

Although reputed to be a gifted speaker, and known for his folksy charm in dealing with reporters, Mr. Lynch never ran for office himself. That may have been because his physical appearance was not as crisp as the men he worked for, although it led longtime District Council 37 political operative Norman Adler to dub him "a rumpled genius" after Mr. Dinkins defeated Mayor Ed Koch in the 1989 Democratic primary, two months before he outpolled Rudy Giuliani in the general election.

"Bill was very smart and a wonderful union organizer," Eddie Kay, a longtime 1199 official who helped Mr. Rivera win office and move the union into its affiliation with the Service Employees International Union a short time later, said in a phone interview.

Mr. Lynch's daughter the candidate remembered those days fondly, saying in a statement that she "vividly" recalled "David N. Dinkins, 1199 and my dad...strategizing about ways to build equity for working families in New York City by electing the city's first African-American Mayor."     

She said of the endorsement by a union known for its get-out-the-vote operation on behalf of candidates it supports, "I am thrilled that they are standing with me, and I am proud to stand with them." 


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