Edward Koch

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His Eminence and Hizzoner - Edward Koch and John Cardinal O'Connor - signed first edition - 1989

Mayor Edward Koch

Edward Irving Koch, commonly known as Ed Koch, was a prominent American politician and lawyer, renowned for his colorful personality, sharp wit, and unapologetic approach to politics. Born on December 12, 1924, in the Bronx, New York City, Koch rose from modest beginnings to become one of the most influential figures in New York City politics during the latter half of the 20th century. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Koch pursued a career in law, earning his law degree from New York University School of Law in 1948. He later entered politics, serving as a member of the New York City Council from 1967 to 1969, where he gained a reputation as a fierce advocate for his constituents.

In 1977, Koch was elected as the 105th Mayor of New York City, a position he held for three consecutive terms until 1989. As mayor, Koch presided over a tumultuous period in the city's history, grappling with challenges such as crime, homelessness, and fiscal instability. Despite facing criticism for his management of these issues, Koch earned praise for his outspoken leadership style and his efforts to revitalize New York City's economy and infrastructure. Throughout his tenure as mayor, Koch became known for his trademark catchphrase, "How'm I doin'?" which he would often ask constituents as he walked the streets of the city. He also gained a reputation for his blunt and sometimes controversial remarks, earning him both admirers and detractors.

After leaving office, Koch remained active in public life, working as a political commentator, author, and television personality. He continued to advocate for various causes, including civil rights, education reform, and AIDS awareness. Edward Koch passed away on February 1, 2013, at the age of 88, leaving behind a lasting legacy as one of the most colorful and influential figures in New York City politics. Though remembered for his sometimes brash demeanor, Koch's commitment to public service and his love for his city endeared him to generations of New Yorkers, ensuring his place in the annals of the city's history.

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