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Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, 88, Passes Away

Manny41 Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 3:00 PM
Ed Koch was the personification of the best of New York City. He styled himself a liberal, but he was of the older liberal wing of the Democrat party before it became the socialist wing. He will be missed.

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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