Bill Lynch is the Long Island potato farmer’s son who became known as the “rumpled genius” behind David Dinkins’s victory in 1989 as the first black mayor of New York City. Bill masterminded Mr. Dinkins’s campaigns for Manhattan borough president and mayor and was his deputy mayor for intergovernmental relations, his closest adviser. He was instrumental in bringing the Democratic National Convention to New York in 1992, ran Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in the state that year and later became a vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He also worked on John Kerry’s presidential campaign in 2004 and was involved in Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2008.
Bill played a crucial role in putting together the administration’s response to racially charged disturbances in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn and the Washington Heights area of Manhattan, in promoting calm after the verdict in the Rodney King case threatened to ignite tensions and in leading the mayor’s support of the fight against apartheid in South Africa. Bill also worked on the presidential campaigns of Sen. Edward Kennedy in 1980 and was a large part in bringing President Nelson Mandela to Yankee Stadium.
Majority Coalition for a New New York
In 1991, on the initiative of Local 1199 local president Dennis Rivera, Reps Major Owens, and Jose Serrano and Deputy Mayor Bill Lynch, formed a city wide labor/community coalition Majority Coalition for a New New York, to unite disparate forces for a solution to the city's financial crisis "reflecting the interests of working people"
The coalition aimed to focus on an "issue driven" approach to supporting candidates in Council elections.
Center for Working Families
- PPW Aug. 10. 1991, page 19
- Democratic Underground.com, Jan-01-06