The well-respected former mayor of New York City died on Feb. 1. So sad.
Edward Irving “Ed” Koch, the former three-term mayor of the Big Apple, passed away on Feb. 1 in New York City. He spent most of his life living in and building up a city that he loved. He was 88 years old.
The History Of Ed Koch
Ed grew up in New Jersey, and later attended the City College of New York. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1943, where he earned two battle stars as a Combat Infantryman. In 1946 he was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant and returned to New York City to pursue a law degree from NYU School of Law.
After practicing law for a number of years, Ed became active in politics. He served as a congressman for nine years in New York, and for two years as a member of the New York City Council. According to the Huffington Post, “Mayor Koch saved the City of New York from bankruptcy and in doing so restored the pride of New Yorker’s.”
Following his time as mayor, Ed became a partner in the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP. He was also a commentator on politics, hosted his own evening radio program on Bloomberg AM 1130 (WBBR), and worked to eliminate anti-Semitism throughout the world.
Ed Koch, The Hollywood Star
In addition to his success as a politician, a lawyer, and a commentator, he appeared in over 60 Hollywood Films and TV shows as himself, and was also an accomplished author. His books include, Mayor, Politics, His Eminence And Hizzoner, All The Best, Citizen Koch, Ed Koch On Everything, Giuliani Nasty Man, I’m Not Done Yet: Remaining Relevant, Buzz: How to Create It and Win with It, and The Koch Papers: My Fight Against Anti-Semitism.
In 2008, Ed told the Associated Press, “I don’t want to leave Manhattan, even when I’m gone. This is my home.” The former mayor was truly dedicated to making his home, New York City, a better place.
Funeral Arrangements & Statements
Koch died at 2 a.m., spokesman George Arzt said. The funeral will be Monday at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan, according to Fox News.
“Through his tough, determined leadership and responsible fiscal stewardship, Ed helped lift the city out of its darkest days and set it on course for an incredible comeback,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today in a statement. He called Koch “an irrepressible icon, our most charismatic cheerleader and champion.”
President Barack Obama said, “Ed Koch was an extraordinary Mayor, irrepressible character, and quintessential New Yorker. He took office at a time when New York was in fiscal crisis, and helped his city achieve economic renewal, expand affordable housing, and extend opportunity to more of its people. In public office and beyond, his energy, force of personality, and commitment to causes ranging from civic issues to the security of the state of Israel always informed and enlivened the public discourse. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Ed’s loved ones, and to the city that survives him.”
We are deeply saddened by his passing, and our thoughts are with his friends and family.
— Tiffany Gagnon
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