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Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, 88, Passes Away

jfiorella Wrote: Feb 02, 2013 1:56 AM
~~~ MAYOR ED KOCH REST IN PEACE~~~ A liberal with sanity that I could respect without any hesitation. The beloved Mayor did not stand on the city hall steps proclaiming that he was one-step from god, like dictator Bloomberg.

Former three-term New York Mayor Ed Koch, age 88, passed away this morning of congestive heart failure. A legend in his own right, Koch led New York through some of its most turbulent years in the 1980s.

Known for his catch phrase “How'm I Doing,” he was outspoken and had a bold and ebullient personality. "You punch me, I punch back," Koch once told a reporter. "I do not believe it's good for one's self-respect to be a punching bag."

Credited with championing gay rights, combatting Tammany Hall, and improving conditions in inner city New York, Koch was not afraid to...

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