Friends and Dignitaries to Remember Former Mayor Koch Monday
Sunday, February 03, 2013
New Yorkers from all walks of life will remember former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch at his funeral service Monday morning.
The 11am service will take place at one of the nation's most prominent synagogues, Temple Emanu-El, a Reform Jewish congregation on Fifth Avenue and 65th Street. New York City Police helicopters will conduct an honorary flyover there around noon. A practice flight will take place about 9 am.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who's also a member of the congregation, will remember his three-term predecessor, as will former President Bill Clinton, who's serving as a representative for President Barack Obama. Ido Aharoni, Israeli consul general in New York, will speak about Mayor Koch's passionate commitment to the State of Israel.
Mayor Koch's longtime chief of staff, Diane Coffey, longtime friend and political aide John LoCicero and law partner James Gill, will also speak.
Meanwhile, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney will join officials Monday to announce that the subway station at East 77th Street and Lexington Avenue will be re-named "Mayor Ed Koch subway station."
Rep. Maloney says Mayor Koch often campaigned there, asking morning commuters his trademark question, "How am I doing?" She called it his favorite subway stop.
Mayor Koch will be laid to rest at Trinity Church Cemetery at Broadway and 155th Street. He told The Associated Press in 2008 after purchasing the burial plot in what at the time was the only cemetery in Manhattan with space, "I don't want to leave Manhattan, even when I'm gone."