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Former Mayor David Dinkins Hospitalized for Pneumonia

By Dana Varinsky | October 31, 2013 4:17pm
 David Dinkins at Ed Koch's funeral in February 2013.
David Dinkins at Ed Koch's funeral in February 2013.
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WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins was hospitalized for pneumonia Wednesday.

Dinkins, 86, was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital after he had difficulty breathing late Wednesday night. Sources close to Dinkins said his case is mild, and that he is expected to make a full recovery.

"It's all very positive. He's doing very well," said Lynda Hamilton, Dinkins' project coordinator at Columbia University. Hamilton said she spoke to Dinkins Thursday, and expects him to return to work soon.

"He sounds wonderful," she said.

Dinkins served as New York City's first black mayor from 1990 to 1993. He now teaches at Columbia University, is an adviser to the law firm of Leahey and Johnson and is involved in a variety of other charity projects.