De Blasio, 2021 mayoral hopefuls to attend David Dinkins memorial Saturday

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Mayor Bill de Blasio, First Lady Chirlane McCray and three 2021 hopefuls are set to attend a Saturday memorial for former New York City Mayor David Dinkins organized by Harlem political powerbroker Rev. Al Sharpton.

The event follows the Tuesday passing of the Big Apple’s first black mayor — who battled racial strife, a budget crisis and the HIV/AIDS and crack cocaine epidemics during the tumultuous early 1990s.

“We want to show in Harlem, on the week he passed, how much he meant to us,” Sharpton told The Post. “We’ve fought many battles together and I don’t think he’s been given the credit he’s deserved for what he did for the city.”

Three hopefuls in the Democratic Party’s 2021 mayoral primary will also appear alongside the termed-out de Blasio at the headquarters of Sharpton’s National Action Network: Brooklyn Councilman Carlos Menchaca, former Wall Street executive Ray McGuire and Shaun Donovan, a former top aide Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Barack Obama.

State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams are also slated to attend.


Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray
Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCrayCorbis via Getty Images

Sharpton said that social distancing protocols would be enforced, including temperature checks at the doors and mandatory mask-wearing.

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