Of course de Blasio is naming a building after David Dinkins By Carl Campanile October 3, 2015 | 2:35am Modal Trigger Bill de Blasio wants to name a building after former mayor David Dinkins. Photo: Gabriella Bass (left), Christopher Sadowski He led the city for only one tumultuous term, but David Dinkins is going to have the Municipal Building named after him by his former employee Mayor de Blasio. The current mayor announced Friday that he would bestow the honor on the city’s 106th mayor in a ceremony Oct. 15. Critics were flabbergasted, pointing out that Dinkins was mayor at a time when the city saw a record number of murders, a contentious eight-month boycott of a Korean-American-owned grocery by black activists, and a riot in Crown Heights that lasted for three days. But de Blasio said the city’s first and only black mayor, who is 88, deserved to be recognized for his lengthy career in public service. “He’s left an indelible impact on this city — and on Chirlane’s and my lives. We are so grateful for Mayor Dinkins’ decades of public service and everything he’s done to ensure a stronger, safer city,” de Blasio said in a statement. “I can’t think of a more fitting tribute than to rename the Municipal Building, where he spent 14 years of his career, in his honor.” Before his election as mayor, Dinkins served as Manhattan borough president and city clerk — with offices in the Municipal Building at 1 Centre St. De Blasio met his wife, Chirlane McCray, when both worked as Dinkins aides. Dinkins said he was “just delighted” when de Blasio told him last month of the tribute. Modal Trigger The New York Municipal BuildingPhoto: Chad Rachman “People will pass and say, ‘It’s Dave’s building.’ But nobody gets anywhere on their own. You stand on other people’s shoulders,” he said. Those who considered Dinkins’ term a failure were dumbfounded. “It’s bizarre. It’s inapt. It’s off-putting,” said Fred Siegel of the Manhattan Institute and St. Francis College. “David Dinkins wasn’t a horrible man, but he was an ineffectual mayor. Naming a municipal building after someone so ineffectual signals that Mayor de Blasio wants to institutionalize that kind of ineptitude.” Dinkins wouldn’t be the first mayor to be honored in this fashion while he was alive. In 2011, then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the City Council renamed the 59th Street Bridge after former Mayor Ed Koch, who died in 2013. In an interview, Dinkins said his administration’s accomplishments included an increase in minority hiring, more cops under the Safe Streets, Safe Cities program and a new US Open tennis center in Queens. De Blasio spokeswoman Amy Spitalnick said the City Charter gives the mayor the power to rename city-owned properties.