Friday, August 25, 2017

Honorable David Dinkins from New York City, New York


Honorable David Dinkins
c/o Columbia University
International Affairs Building, Room 1430
420 West 118th Street
New York, NY  10027

Dear Honorable Dinkins,

My name is Matt Winick from Ann Arbor, Michigan with a strong interest in learning history including public policy. In these subjects, I like to learn the need to make Civil Rights stronger to reduce discrimination, protecting the environment, and many others.  Honorable Dinkins, The main reason I’m writing you a letter is to explain how I find your work as 106th Mayor of New York City to be very inspiring to me.

In January 1990, I was amazed on how you made history by becoming first African American to become Mayor of New York City.  When you served as 106th Mayor of New York City 1990-1993, I was very proud on how you were a strong supporter of Civil Rights by advocating for people with disabilities’ rights, push for funds to help women including minorities businesses to help them compete in the economy, support women’s rights to protect them from being discriminated in jobs, and express the need to reduce racial profiling in order to protect minorities from being targeted without probable cause.  To reduce crime, I liked on how you launched Safe Streets with Safe Cities to help hire police officers to patrol the streets, pushed for drug treatment programs to help drug-users get the care they need, and give funds to law enforcement resources including forensic science to help review evidence or solve crime efficiently.  Expanding job-training programs to help train youth including workers to develop job-skills to help prepare them for the economy is a great way to improve the economy.  To protect environment, I liked on how you worked with city sanitation workers to continue to clean up garbages around New York City and pushed for funds to help clean up parks including water resources to make them safe for people to use.   To improve education, I was very proud on how you expanded funds to help improve special education to help students with disabilities get the educational resources they need and provide schools with after school programs to help them get help on their assignments from tutors. Also another thing that I liked about when you served as mayor was on how you pushed to clean up including re-fix Times Square to improve tourism while make it a safe place for people to interact and push for homeless programs to help assist people who are homeless get shelter along with different care they need.

Honorable Dinkins, I have autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different subjects, sometimes I struggle to communicate my thoughts, and get teased.   Your commitment to be a strong supporter of Civil Rights including people with disabilities’ rights really inspires me to work hard on my disability.  I enjoyed watching on Youtube  “A Mayor’s Life-Conversation With Former NYC Mayor Dave Dinkins” because I enjoyed learning about what it was like being mayor of New York City and your thoughts of the politics in New York City.  Your work as 106th Mayor of New York City motivates me to continue my strong interest in learning history including public policy.   My future goal is to continue to learn history, understand the importance of the need to make Civil Rights stronger, and many others.  Also my letter is a gift to you for inspiring me and to wish you a Happy Birthday for July 10th.

I strongly believe that you made a great difference when you served as Mayor of New York City.  I’m very proud on how you worked hard to make a great difference on different issues ranging from Civil Rights through public safety and made history by becoming the first African American to become mayor of that city.  You have inspired me to work hard on my disability, have an interest in learning about your work as mayor, and to be motivated to learn history including public policy.  I was wondering if you could please share some advice about working hard on a disability and share your thoughts on being mayor.  Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, making a great difference, and inspiring me.    I wish you well for the future to advocate for common sense ideas and also I wish you a Happy Birthday for July 10.


Matt Winick

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