Sad news that former New York City mayor Ed Koch has passed.
NEW YORK — Former Mayor Ed Koch, the combative, acid-tongued politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during a three-term City Hall run in which he embodied New York chutzpah for the rest of the world, died Friday. He was 88.
Koch died at 2 a.m. at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital, spokesman George Arzt said. The funeral will be Monday at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.
Koch was admitted to the hospital Monday with shortness of breath, and was moved to intensive care Thursday for closer monitoring of the fluid in his lungs and legs. He had been released two days earlier after being treated for water in his lungs and legs. He had initially been admitted on Jan. 19.
After leaving City Hall in January 1990, Koch battled assorted health problems and heart disease.
He was a true voice of sanity in a sea madness during the city’s dark days in the late 1970′s. One who was key in getting the city out of a financial and criminal tide wave of despair.
A true patriot, New Yorker to the bone, as well as being true bi-partisan, who cared less for political parties and more for his city.
But his faith was probably his most admirable trait, best expressed here, by having Daniel Pearl’s last words inscribed on his tonbstone.
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