Friday, February 1, 2013

Former Mayor of New York City Ed Koch Dead at Age 88

Ed Koch, Former Mayor of New York City  - Dead at Age 88

Many will remember Ed Koch for his brash, at times offensive, and very combative demeanor. However, most will remember him as the original "three-term mayor" who seem to eat, breathe and sleep everything New York City. Anytime a cheerleader for New York City was needed, Ed Koch was always there at the drop of a dime. We even named a bridge after him in 2011!

I don't know all of the details about his role in the MTA strike of 1980, but I recall this picture resurfacing in 2005 when the MTA went on strike once again. Present day Mayor Bloomberg took cues from this photo and walked across the bridge in solidarity with New Yorker's as well. Ed Koch served as Mayor of New York City from 1978 - 1989. New York City was a bad place during that time. The New York City that we all know today, was not that city in the 80's. Depending on who you talk to, Ed Koch saved New York City from financial ruin or he stood by and watched four innocent teens known as the Central Park 5, be wrongfully arrested and convicted for a crime they never committed. 

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, the combative politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during three City Hall terms, has died at age 88.

Spokesman George Arzt says Koch, who has been in and out of the hospital for the last three months, died at 2 a.m. Friday of congestive heart failure. He had been moved to the intensive care Thursday for closer monitoring of an iron deficiency and of the fluid in his lungs and legs.

Ed Koch was readmitted to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital on Monday with shortness of breath. He had been released two days earlier after being treated for water in his lungs and legs. He had initially been admitted on January 19.

His latest hospitalization followed two other ones in recent months.

In December, he was admitted with a respiratory infection. The former mayor was also hospitalized in September after feeling weak while staying with friends in North Carolina. He was treated for anemia, was released after three days and said he planned to head straight to his office at a law firm.

The funeral will be Monday at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.

Rest in Peace Ed Koch.....

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