Mayor Bloomberg Statement on Ed Koch

Friday, February 01, 2013

“Earlier today, New York City lost an irrepressible icon, our most charismatic cheerleader and champion, Edward I. Koch. He was a great mayor, a great man, and a great friend.  In elected office and as a private citizen, he was our most tireless, fearless, and guileless civic crusader. Through his tough, determined leadership and responsible fiscal stewardship, Ed helped lift the city out of its darkest days and set it on course for an incredible comeback. We will miss him dearly, but his good works – and his wit and wisdom – will forever be a part of the city he loved so much. His spirit will live on not only here at City Hall, and not only on the bridge the bears his name, but all across the five boroughs. 

“I’m expressing my condolences on behalf of all 8.4 million New Yorkers, and I know so many of them will be keeping Mayor Koch and his family and friends in their thoughts prayers. As we mourn Mayor Koch’s passing, the flags at all City buildings will be flying at half-staff in his memory.”


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Comments [4]

John Broe from Bronx, New York

When stating the mayors that shaped NYC Bloomberg mentioned Koch, Dinkins and himself. Deliberately not mentioning Giuliani. What a POS this guy is and it is so typical. Giuliani cleaned up the mess that Dinkins left behind. Dinkins was by far the worst Mayor NYC ever had.

Feb. 04 2013 02:13 PM
Margaret Dabraccio

Mr Bloomberg failed to mention that Edward I. Koch was the last Mayor of NYC legally elected to 3 terms, at a cost of way less than what Bloomberg spent for Ms. Quinn's term limits flip flop. Rest in peace, Ed Koch, in the eyes of many a New Yorker, you are the only one who deserves a bridge or section of roadway bearing your name.

Feb. 01 2013 04:44 PM
jeff koblenz from New York

I'm saddened; I'll miss not hearing his opinions on Bloomberg radio. He often helped me shape my own opinions on matters of importance!

Feb. 01 2013 04:41 PM
Aldith Clarke from Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York

Mayor Koch was one of the best person who managed New York City. I can remember when New York City experienced difficulties, and the Mayor's wise decision of asking the public employers to give back one day each paid period until he got seven days. This was how he borrowed money to keep the city going. However, when the city did better, he paid the city worker their money. The Mayor's decision helped in several ways, but most of all we had a job.

He will be missed for what he has offered and his out-spoken ways.

Feb. 01 2013 02:54 PM

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