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IrishInNYC
February 1st, 2013, 07:57 AM
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch has died. He was 88.
Spokesman George Arzt said Koch died early Friday of congestive heart failure, according to The Associated Press.
Only four people have ever been elected mayor of the city of New York three times: Fiorello LaGuardia, Robert Wagner, Michael Bloomberg and Edward Irving Koch — a man whose personality was as large and as lively as the city he governed.
“He was a persona, kind of a lively, grumpy, friendly cheery gutsy New Yorker,” said former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo. “He was an absolute quintessential New Yorker.”
Ed Koch became mayor of New York in 1978 by beating Cuomo in the democratic primary. Cuomo returned the favor by beating Koch in the democratic gubernatorial primary five years later.
Despite their political rivalry, Cuomo, like most New Yorkers, found it hard not to be drawn in by Koch’s utter irrepressibility.
“Hi. How’m I doin?” is the trademark phrase he made famous. This life-long bachelor and former congressman dedicated his 12 years in office to the city he loved — bragging to reporters he was in the news 365 days a year.
“What a great city. Very few like it. In fact, there’s none,” said Koch in 1978.
“It was a mission for him to the people of New York,” said Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Koch’s rabbi and friend.
A mission he would describe as the defining moment of his years on earth, reported CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.
Koch took the oath of office in January 1978, inheriting a city on the edge of bankruptcy with a $1 billion debt.
He cut spending, slashed the payroll and brought the city back to fiscal solvency by just saying “no.” With his clever quips and zany humor he got New Yorkers to like his lean and mean brand of fiscal austerity.
“We have been inundated by problems, shaken by troubles that would have destroyed any other city but we are not any other city,” Koch said at his inauguration.
Koch defended the city against all takers and he liked to brag that he gave as good as he got.
“I am not somebody you beat up and then you expect that we shake hands and it’s like a ball game,” Koch once said.
His popularity grew during the transit strike of 1980 where he was seen crossing the Brooklyn Bridge on foot with the commuting public — deftly staying out of the negotiations while showing solidarity with affected New Yorkers.
Ed Koch was also proud to be Jewish. He was a staunch defender of Israel — planting an olive tree there he displayed his puckish sense of humor
“So now I have a steady supply of olives for my martinis,” Koch quipped.
After being re-elected mayor in 1981 as the candidate of both the Democratic and Republican parties, Koch was persuaded to run for governor.
A bid he lost to Mario Cuomo.
“They voted for me for governor and kept Koch,” Cuomo said.
“And that drove him crazy?” asked Kramer.
“It drove him bonkers,” replied Cuomo.
The loss to Cuomo didn’t hurt him with New York City voters, though. They re-elected him for a third term in 1985 by historic margins.
But just one year later, the low point of his 12 years in office, a corruption scandal that engulfed Queens Borough President Donald Manes, who later committed suicide, proved to be a turning point in his mayoralty.
“I am embarrassed, I’m chagrined, I’m absolutely mortified that this kind of corruption could have existed and that I did not know,” Koch said regarding the scandal.
And despite his tangible accomplishments, he had his critics.
“I think he misread the times and the times got away from him and he couldn’t manage the polarization that came in the city,” said the Rev. Al Sharpton.
In 1989, Koch was denied a fourth term, losing to David Dinkins in the primary.
Contributing to that loss was the killing of a black teenager Yusef Hawkins, by a white mob in Bensonhurst.
Koch conceded in his inimitable style. “Believe me. There is life after the mayoralty,” Koch said in his concession speech.
There sure was. From radio shows to the “The People’s Court” to the lecture circuit, Koch was never far from the public eye.
The city even renamed the Queensboro Bridge in his honor in 2011.
But his health began to fail in late 2012 with several hospital stays just months apart.
“I’ve led a very full life,” Koch said.
Koch often said he was at peace with himself and was ready to meet his maker whenever the Almighty chose to call him.
He even secured a burial plot in Manhattan’s Trinity Cemetery saying, “I don’t want to leave Manhattan — even when I’m gone.”
His friends and family say Ed Koch will always be part and parcel of the fabric of New York City.
“It will never be said Ed Koch is dead,” said Schneier. “Ed Koch lived.”
And if you asked Ed Koch how he wanted to be remembered, it would be, “Ed Koch. A true mensch.”

eddhead
February 1st, 2013, 10:48 AM
Say what you will about Ed Koch, but he lived a full life.

Rest in Peace

Ninjahedge
February 1st, 2013, 12:01 PM
I did not think he looked well when they first let him out... but maybe he knew and wanted a few days out before the end......



I don't know. A very strong personality, that any way you look at it, will be missed.

mariab
February 1st, 2013, 04:43 PM
He cut spending, slashed the payroll and brought the city back to fiscal solvency by just saying “no.” With his clever quips and zany humor he got New Yorkers to like his lean and mean brand of fiscal austerity.
“We have been inundated by problems, shaken by troubles that would have destroyed any other city but we are not any other city,” Koch said at his inauguration.
Koch defended the city against all takers and he liked to brag that he gave as good as he got.
“I am not somebody you beat up and then you expect that we shake hands and it’s like a ball game,” Koch once said.


That. Right there. Perfect.



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Ed Koch: A Life in Pictures

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The unmistakable Ed Koch, dead today at 88 (http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/02/ex-mayor-ed-koch-dies.html), was a New York City icon in stature as much as spirit. Tall and rail thin, the former mayor was instantly recognizable both up at the podium as a politician and on the streets, looking over the city long after he was done in office, almost always with a smile.

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Derek2k3
February 2nd, 2013, 03:14 AM
R.I.P. Ed.

Go see the documentary, it's terrific.

mariab
February 2nd, 2013, 05:03 PM
Will it eventually be shown on tv?

Derek2k3
February 3rd, 2013, 10:39 PM
Probably. At least on netflix.
Here are the show times by the way:

http://zeitgeistfilms.com/playdates_new.php?directoryname=koch&sort=date