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Breaking: Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch Dead at 88
ABC News ^ | February 1, 2013

Posted on 02/01/2013 3:35:10 AM PST by Zakeet

Ed Koch, the brash, colorful and often confrontational mayor who helped to lead New York City out of its brush with bankruptcy in the 1970s, launching an astonishing municipal turnaround that continues to this day, has died. He was 88.

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Was being treated for pneumonia, anemia and water on the lungs.

1 posted on 02/01/2013 3:35:18 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

RIP, on the whole, not a bad guy. Did a tough job and did it as a realist. A mensch.


2 posted on 02/01/2013 3:37:45 AM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Zakeet

RIP -

The guy made sense most of the time, for a lib.

He certainly was a character.


3 posted on 02/01/2013 3:38:12 AM PST by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Zakeet

RIP


4 posted on 02/01/2013 3:38:12 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: P.O.E.

...his best line, in my opion, ...he was being hounded by a reporter about the police having dogs in the subway...
Reporter: Mr Mayor what about the dogs in the subway?
Koch: ..your worried about dogs?...we should have wolves


5 posted on 02/01/2013 3:42:02 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Zakeet

Good man - prayers for his family and loved ones...


6 posted on 02/01/2013 3:43:01 AM PST by GOPJ ( Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution. Vladimir Nabokov)
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To: muir_redwoods

As a NY’er he will be missed. A good guy overall. Misguided on some things , but decent person overall.


7 posted on 02/01/2013 3:43:37 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: GlockThe Vote

He’ll STILL be voting forever.


8 posted on 02/01/2013 3:47:18 AM PST by Ann Archy (ABORTION........the HUMAN sacrifice to the god of CONVENIENCE.)
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To: Zakeet

the self described “Liberal With Common-Sense”

lived in the state all my life and the first 15years in NYC

my second favorite mayor.

“How’d Ya Do?” Pretty good Mr. Mayor, pretty good.

RIP


9 posted on 02/01/2013 3:54:52 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Zakeet
A real New York character! I just heard he's being buried at Trinity Church, lol! According to the news, he felt there wasn't enough through traffic at the city's Jewish cemeteries.
10 posted on 02/01/2013 3:56:16 AM PST by miss marmelstein ( Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Zakeet
During the Koch years I lived in SW Connecticut and business took me into NYC frequently. Koch, who served 12 years, reflected the spirit of NYC as did Giuliani who came later. Unfortunately Dinkins came in between them as Mayor and was a disaster ... no parallels between Dinkins and our current occupant of the WH of course. In any case Koch and Giuliani were excellent NYC Mayors who were positive influences on their city. Bloomberg I'm not so sure about ...
11 posted on 02/01/2013 3:59:00 AM PST by BluH2o
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To: Zakeet

RIP.


12 posted on 02/01/2013 4:05:42 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Biggirl

He ran his city instead of trying to run everyone else’s life.


13 posted on 02/01/2013 4:11:42 AM PST by relictele
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To: Zakeet

I know he was a Lib but he seemed to be leaning more to the right as he aged. RIP.


14 posted on 02/01/2013 4:12:44 AM PST by originalbuckeye (Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy)
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To: Zakeet

A real shame. Koch was a lib, but had common sense. Rest in peace.


15 posted on 02/01/2013 4:13:14 AM PST by iowamark
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To: Zakeet

RIP & thanks for supporting Obama.


16 posted on 02/01/2013 4:13:14 AM PST by BO Stinkss
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To: muir_redwoods

The limited childlike liberal mind would never have a good thing to say about a conservative but me being a conservative I like the guy didnt always agree with him but he had balls and most of all “common sense” RIP big guy chucky shumer could not shine your shoes!


17 posted on 02/01/2013 4:20:45 AM PST by ronnie raygun ( Lexington / Concord, America's first gun grab attempt)
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To: Zakeet

My condolensces to the Koch family.

‘Hizzoner’ shall always be remembered, as a Great American, and a great Mayor of NYC that had a ‘can-do’ attitude.


18 posted on 02/01/2013 4:21:05 AM PST by Terry L Smith
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To: Zakeet

I thought he was honest and decent, for a lib.

Anyone remember his stint on the People’s Court?

RIP, Mr. Mayor.


19 posted on 02/01/2013 4:31:10 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Truth/Lies; Liberty/Tyranny--WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??)
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To: Zakeet

Rest in Peace, Mr. Koch. Prayers for your family.


20 posted on 02/01/2013 4:32:00 AM PST by momtothree
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To: Zakeet

RIP, Mr. mayor. Thanks for being fair and decent.


21 posted on 02/01/2013 4:33:21 AM PST by Yaelle
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He maintained an office in my building. I saw him walking out with a bit more of an escort just a couple weeks ago. Lots of people, myself included, would say “Hello Mayor” as he walked by. He smiled and nodded.

A Democrat and a Liberal, he was the type of thinking Liberal I like to match wits with; both learning something new in the exchange.

While he had an ego, he never disgraced himself with tawdry nonsense. He had the welfare of the people front and center.

His friendship with Cardinal O’Conner was an example of how he could see past Liberal pettiness and work for the things all could agree on.


22 posted on 02/01/2013 4:34:33 AM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Zakeet

One less gun grabber to contend with.


23 posted on 02/01/2013 4:40:18 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Zakeet

RIP Mayor Koch. He was a very interesting fellow.


24 posted on 02/01/2013 4:43:30 AM PST by KirbDog
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To: Vaquero
“How’d Ya Do?”

For non-New Yorkers, Vaquero is alluding to what Koch would commonly say to people he'd meet walking the streets of NYC—perpetually gauging his performance and support: "How am I doing?"

You could say it was a case of "self-deprecating self-absorption" by a man who took his job seriously. He said (frequently) that his ambition was to be "the best mayor since Fiorello LaGuardia."

Koch was a Democratic Congressman who made his support for the death penalty a platform plank of his first mayoral campaign. Not that he could affect the death penalty one way or the other as mayor. But it was a way to signal that he didn't side with the criminals, unlike many of his fellow-liberals, and voters appreciated it. As was mentioned, when a reporter asked him what could be done about the spray-painted graffiti that covered the exterior of the subway cars in those days, Koch snapped, "We should put wolves in the stockyards!"

He later retracted the remark—half-heartedly. RIP, Ed.

How'd he do? Like the man says:

Pretty good Mr. Mayor, pretty good.

25 posted on 02/01/2013 4:45:35 AM PST by SamuraiScot
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To: Doogle

....another Koch story:
In the early 80’s I used to follow the horses..(trotters) and had a friend who worked for a nearby stable. She told me about a horse...*smiles*...anyway this particular horse was running on this particular afternoon, but it was at Monticello upstate...bout a 1 1/2 hr away on a good day. Track located off the thruway so it was a direct route, as long as you didn’t miss the exit, ....yeah I missed it.
Now I have about $300 in bets to take care of and I just know people are not going to believe I MISSED THE EXIT....
The race was early on the card (2nd) and I’m still headed in the wrong direction and post time was 1 pm and it’s 12:30 and there just isn’t any exits to turn around....so I did what any horse player would do (under duress),I used the police turn around *smiles*. Well, I got to the track just as the first race finished, go running in, pick up a program, (checking for scratches), and fly up to the windows and the place is packed, looks like 15 deep, now real panic sets in..the reason it’s so crowded,Ed Koch, shaking hands,flash bulbs going off,people yelling,he’s yelling,....and I just don’t wanna get shut out. I’m starting to think about yelling and it ain’t about how he’s doin....out of the corner of my eye I spot another window opening walk over and I get the bets in and the bell rings (whew).....IT WAS A VERY profitable day, but I was so whacked out after the ordeal I only stayed for the third race and left. Close to a 4 hour round trip, but worth it *smiles*....from that day on every time I heard him say “how am I doin?”...I used to answer him (under my breath)


26 posted on 02/01/2013 4:51:12 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Zakeet
All around he was pretty much a good guy. Outspoken and independent in some of his thinking. Sure, he was a democrat, but he had some feistiness in him that set him apart from his vile party.

May God rest his soul.

27 posted on 02/01/2013 4:52:27 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Zakeet

A Dem who didn’t drink the Koolaid.

And a character.

RIP


28 posted on 02/01/2013 4:55:11 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Zakeet

RIP. Proof not all liberals are bad people, but still all liberal are still liberals. Just two weeks ago he said we should ban guns:

http://nation.foxnews.com/ed-koch/2013/01/15/ex-nyc-mayor-ban-all-guns


29 posted on 02/01/2013 4:58:34 AM PST by JacksonCalhoun (CT Yankee in NC Exile - the only swing state to flip (barely))
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
One less gun grabber to contend with.

he was a gun grabber....but not rabid
he was pro abortion...but considered late term abortions infanticide.

he was, like Rudy, a city boy. and like Rudy, about as conservative (Ed was the self proclaimed ‘liberal with common sense’) as NYC politicians can get and still get elected, (except for Staten Island where they tend to be more conservative).

He prosecuted criminals, and unlike places like Chicago, would not allow the murder rates that currently are de rigueur in the windy city with the windbag mayor Rahm Emmanuel, who allows violent crimes to use for political fodder to promote gun confiscation.

I did not agree with Koch on many things, especially gun control. but he was one of the best of that lot...

30 posted on 02/01/2013 5:02:51 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
One less gun grabber to contend with.

he was a gun grabber....but not rabid
he was pro abortion...but considered late term abortions infanticide.

he was, like Rudy, a city boy. and like Rudy, about as conservative (Ed was the self proclaimed ‘liberal with common sense’) as NYC politicians can get and still get elected, (except for Staten Island where they tend to be more conservative).

He prosecuted criminals, and unlike places like Chicago, would not allow the murder rates that currently are de rigueur in the windy city with the windbag mayor Rahm Emmanuel, who allows violent crimes to use for political fodder to promote gun confiscation.

I did not agree with Koch on many things, especially gun control. but he was one of the best of that lot...

31 posted on 02/01/2013 5:02:54 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: Zakeet
This was one of a dying breed: A Democrat who was an honest, pro-American, not-whackjob-liberal, not-vile person.

RIP Ed, and prayers to family and friends.

32 posted on 02/01/2013 5:03:27 AM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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I grew up and lived in New York city (until 2 months ago - I couldn’t take living under despotism anymore) and as much as despot Bloomberg is hated, Koch is/was loved and I don’t even have to guess this subhuman POS Bloomberg will use even this to shine the spotlight on himself. Take bets now, 1000% guaranteed. A lot of memories with Koch, although he was a lib he was a cool guy who respected the people.

Probably the most lib I remember him was during the Simon and Garfunkel concert in Central park in 1981 he told cops not to bust anyone for smoking weed - so guess what people were doing right next to cops? LOL! I remember one mounted cop laughing. I always remember that because now under despot Bloomberg you can’t even smoke a cigarette. I also remember Koch walking over the Brooklyn bridge with everybody during the transit strike screaming to hell with the union lol! Despot Bloomberg - Take a good look at a REAL Mayor, one who actually showed RESPECT towards the people. RIP Mayor Koch.


33 posted on 02/01/2013 5:03:27 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Someday our schools we will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Zakeet

He was a lovable lib, a rarity to be sure. RIP.


34 posted on 02/01/2013 5:05:58 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: onyx

Well said.


35 posted on 02/01/2013 5:07:21 AM PST by Lazamataz (LAZ'S LAW: As an argument with liberals goes on, the probability of being called racist approaches 1)
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To: relictele

You got it.

The last mayor to run his city, sadly was Rudy. Now we have a mayor that is a busybody.


36 posted on 02/01/2013 5:13:08 AM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Zakeet

Now the MSM has something to distract the minds of the serfs from any questions about the Turkish bombing and al quaeda.


37 posted on 02/01/2013 5:13:08 AM PST by Sirius Lee (All that is required for evil to advance is for government to do "something")
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Heh. Exactly! One less meal for the hog farms IMHO.


38 posted on 02/01/2013 5:27:18 AM PST by DCBryan1 (Dear Congress Critter: Help create jobs and support RKBA by repealing 18 USC 922 (o).)
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To: muir_redwoods

He was a good guy, definitely a mensch. He did a great job against heavy odds (and then, of course, was followed by Dimbulb Dinkins, who practically undid it all...but that’s another story).


39 posted on 02/01/2013 5:27:41 AM PST by livius
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The last of the old school liberals. A liberal who was not an America hater.

I got in a debate with a Minnesota liberal about the budget deficit and the national debt. I said that the FedGov needed to make the hard choices and get the spending under control. I got blasted for talking about “hard choices”, like it was some kind of “right wing code word”. I asked him if he ever heard of Ed Koch, Mayor of New York. He said he did. I reminded him that he maid some hard choices for New York, and Hizzoner’s fellow liberals howled and whined, yet Hizzoner get the city back on good financial footing.

IMO Guiliani may have been a better administrator, but Koch started off with the city as a basket case. New York City was written off by many. Still, Koch did most of the heavy lifting, and Guiliani continued building on the new groundwork that Koch set.


40 posted on 02/01/2013 5:29:44 AM PST by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is the operational wing of CPUSA.)
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To: Zakeet

A good man. I enjoyed his book, especially the part where he said he preferred conservatives over liberals, because liberals don’t care about people, just their stupid, arbitrary cause of the day. RIP, sir. I wish there were more like you.


41 posted on 02/01/2013 5:31:33 AM PST by Luke21
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To: Zakeet

RIP, Mayor Koch. Thank you for standing up to your party’s leaders when it counted. You were a good man.


42 posted on 02/01/2013 5:39:57 AM PST by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: Zakeet

He was a reasonable liberal. His political life was before my time but from what I gather, he was and continued to be a reasonable liberal. He had his opinions but seemed genuinely willing to sit down and discuss opposing views in friendly manner.


43 posted on 02/01/2013 5:40:19 AM PST by fso301
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To: Zakeet

He was a gun grabber and a gun grabber with his intellect knows damn well that taking guns from Americans would result in tyranny. That was his intent.


44 posted on 02/01/2013 5:43:19 AM PST by albie
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To: Zakeet

He was a decent guy. He was made for the limousine libs in NYC........misguided....voted for Bam twice......! Part of his legacy.


45 posted on 02/01/2013 5:47:44 AM PST by kenmcg (scapegoat)
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I lived in Manhattan during the 1980s. One day I was in Central Park at the NY Philharmonic free concert. The place was packed.

Suddenly, I heard a roar coming from the back of the Great Lawn. When I stood up to look, there was Ed Koch striding through the crowd in his signature shirt sleeves with his arms above his head, both thumbs up.

The crowd treated him like a rockstar. He had pulled NYC back from the brink of financial collapse and everyone showed their appreciation.

He wasn't perfect, but he took a lot of unpopular positions, fought the entrenched powers and won.

RIP, Ed.

46 posted on 02/01/2013 5:47:54 AM PST by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: Zakeet
Koch occasionally made sense which is rare for a lib.

RIP, Mr. Mayor...88 was a good run.

47 posted on 02/01/2013 5:57:58 AM PST by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: Zakeet

Probably one of the last sensible democrats, in politics that is.


48 posted on 02/01/2013 6:00:47 AM PST by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Zakeet

R.I.P. Mayor I always enjoyed the forthright way you talked to us.


49 posted on 02/01/2013 7:02:31 AM PST by exPBRrat
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My favorite Koch story came from his mayoral days. He was getting heckled by the crowd and someone shouted out “we want Lindsay!”, referring to former mayor John Lindsay, who pretty much ran the city into the ground financially with his leftist welfare friendly policies.

Koch said “would everyone who wants John Lindsay please raise your hand?” Quite a few did. Koch then said “DUMMIES!”


50 posted on 02/01/2013 7:03:32 AM PST by Numbers Guy
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