Mayor Koch was the three-time mayor of NYC who rescued the city from near-financial ruin. He was feisty, outspoken, sharp-tonuge and sharp-witted. He supported both sides of the political spectrum if the right person was running.
His famous expression as he walked through the streets of NY was “How am I doing?” as he gave a thumbs up sign.
He has suffered a number of health setbacks since leaving office in January 1990 but that didn’t stop him from weighing in on all issues related to his beloved city.
When he felt the better man in the recent Queens election involving Anthony Weiner was the Republican candidate, he went for the Republican and the Democratic district followed him. Such was the trustworthiness of the man.
He supported President Obama in two elections but had voted for Bush and other Republicans. He was displeased at what he viewed as Obama’s reversal on his support for Israel by nominating Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense. He said he knew Obama would go back on his word.
He was an independent soul.
Koch died at 2 a.m., spokesman George Arzt said. The funeral will be Monday at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan. [FoxNews]
His documentary is scheduled to air. He missed it but he will see it from a better place than this.
The real Edward Koch:
He was a character and will be missed.