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Local Officials Remember Former Mayor Ed Koch

The former New York City mayor died Friday morning.

 

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."

Rockland County Legislator Ed Day February 03, 2013 at 01:01 PM
While no elected official ever gets unanimous assent, we who fought crime during NYC's toughest times remember that Ed Koch was always straight with us and fully recognized the mission and efforts we in law enforcement made. A good man has now gone to a better place, though knowing Ed Koch's unabashed love for NYC, he probably is arguing with the good Lord about that right now!
Sydney Smith February 03, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Ed Koch made you proud to be from New York and I loved his banter with that "Dirt Bag" Al Sharpton.
Watchdog February 03, 2013 at 02:46 PM
Koch used to ask" How am I doin'" I doubt if Vanderhoef, Cornell or Schoenberger would have the courage to ask this question. I remember Koch marching up Fifth Avenue in his Irish Sweater in the St Patricks Day Parade with a big smile on his face yelling over to the crowd who loved him. He also had a great personal relationship with the Cardinal. RIP, Mr. Mayor. You done good.
Bruce Cohen February 03, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Sen. David Carlucc, I still believe that you should try to enact a statewide "Ed Koch memorial day." What do you think?
Mike Hirsch February 03, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Ed Koch was an upfront and fearless guy who always spoke his mind and fought for what he believed in. I wish we had more people like him representing us. Ed Day may not be as flamboyant, but he is just as tough. We have a rare opportunity to elect a great leader this year. I hope we don't blow it.
Watchdog February 03, 2013 at 11:58 PM
I agree. I understand he has a website with his positions. Do you have it?
Mike Hirsch February 04, 2013 at 04:54 AM
Yes

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