Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch died Friday morning at the age of 88 from congestive heart failure.
Koch was a congressman from 1968 until 1977, when he resigned to run for mayor. He served three terms as mayor, totaling 12 years.
With plenty of politicians speaking out about his passing, Kock has been remembered for his large presence and his willingness to fight on behalf of New Yorkers. Two more local politicians chimed in over the weekend with their thoughts on Koch.
Congresswoman Nita Lowey said:
“I am saddened by the passing of Mayor Ed Koch, a loyal friend, great supporter, remarkable public servant, and legendary New Yorker. Ed Koch’s contributions in Congress and as Mayor were pivotal in New York’s development into the vibrant, safe, prosperous, and one-of-a-kind city that we know today. Just earlier this week, I had the opportunity to attend the moving tribute to his life of public service. Ed’s ability and enthusiasm for engaging and connecting with New Yorkers will not be forgotten, nor will his commitment to the U.S.-Israel relationship. His family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.”
State Sen. David Carlucci, who secured an endorsement from Koch during his senate campaign in 2012, said:
"Today New York State has lost a true icon and hero in that of Mayor Ed Koch. Always outspoken on the critical issues and never afraid to speak his mind, Mayor Koch's passion for public service will sorely be missed. The Mayor has always been a true friend and an inspiration to me as an elected official. He will be remembered for making New York City and our entire state a better place to live."