Ed Koch, left, with Dick Dadey at the LATFOR hearing on 20 September 2011.
Liz Benjamin, host of Capital Tonight, blogger, talks about Ed Koch and New York Uprising, the campaign to get state legislators to pledge to reform redistricting.
Hey, As exemplified by his overreaching redistricting campaign, Koch did not understand and was not an ally of my community. But the news today hit me like a sledgehammer...I knew he was in and out of the hospital, and 88. But I just was not expecting it…
…In the 80s, the slumlord who owned my building abandoned it and stopped paying taxes. The tenants – intergenerational, economically excluded renters – banded together and salvaged and managed the building. Soon, the City entered us in a program that would grant us ownership after several years if the landlord did not pay the taxes. In an unprecedented move, they left us self-managed because we were so effective. We rehabilitated and revived the building, often with our own hands. But, after 6 successful years, and TWO WEEKS before we were to get the deed, Koch’s administration transferred the property to a THIRD PARTY who was allowed to pay JUST A PORTION OF the back taxes…
Years later, Koch “adjudicated” a case between my cousin and aunt on the “People’s Court” TV show. And, for whatever reason, he took a particular interest in them, chatting them up big time. These three very strong personalities from different sides of the tracks really hit it off that day…
The latter in no way compensates for the former. But it goes to show how functional our common humanity can and should be.
Mr. Mayor, nevertheless, God Bless.
Mayor Koch spent the last 10 years of his life describing himself proudly as a "liberal with sanity." He accepted the Hamilton Award from the Manhattan Institute(!!!) and bemoaned the disappearance of such persons in the "new" Democratic party.
God bless you Mayor Koch ... and thank you.
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