By Nick Garber Patch Staff

HARLEM, NY — Joyce Dinkins, a daughter of a prominent Harlem political family who rose to prominence herself when her husband, David, became the 106th Mayor of New York City, died Sunday at the age of 89, officials said Monday.

Raised in the neighborhood, Dinkins's father was was Daniel L. Burrows, a Harlem Democratic leader who became one of the first Black people to serve in the State Assembly. She met David, a New Jersey native, while they were both attending Howard University, where she graduated in 1953 with a degree in Sociology.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who worked in City Hall during the Dinkins Administration, said Monday that Dinkins was "such a strong and good woman, so dignified in everything she did," adding that she "she played a huge role" in her husband's mayoralty.