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Former Three-Term NYC Mayor Ed Koch Dies at 88

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By HVnews on February 1, 2013


Ed Koch, the colorful, charismatic mayor who became synonymous with New York City, died Friday of congestive heart failure at the age of 88.

At a time when New York City was near the brink of extinction, out of money, fraught with racial disharmony and discord, a criminal danger zone and an urban punchline, former congressman Koch stepped up to defeat incumbent Abe Beame and served three terms from 1978-1989.

Here’s Koch leaving the hospital in December after a battle with pneumonia.

Ed Koch
AP Photo/Seth Wenig

Koch did not have a habit of picking up women, like Ann Reinking, seen here.

Ed Koch
AP Photo/Richard Drew

Koch greets a commuter who had walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, a “bridge over troubled waters,” during a crippling transit strike in 1980.

Edward Koch
AP Photo/Carlos Rene Perez

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