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Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch remembered

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Ed Koch died Friday morning Feb. 1, 2013 of congestive heart failure.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File) Ed Koch died Friday morning Feb. 1, 2013 of congestive heart failure.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

The condolences began pouring in immediately after the news broke Friday morning of the passing of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch.

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George Artz, Koch's spokesperson and former press secretary, said Koch died at 2 a.m. at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. The funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Temple Emanu-El in Manhattan.

Artz remembered his larger-than-life boss during Good Day New York. "I think he was most proud of renewing the spirit of the City. In his heart of heart he felt that was his biggest accomplishment," said Artz.

Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins told Good Day NY that Koch was "the guy that saved the City."

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly visited Koch in the hospital on Tuesday and hours before his passing.

"On Tuesday, he said he had no fear of dying. He just didn't want to be in pain. Hew as laboring to breath. He praised the mayor for his stay in the hospital. I don't know what the mayor did, but he praised him. He was fiesty, iconic, larger than life. He had an opinion on everything. His administration bore the brunt of the crack epidemic. Koch did everything he could do to address it," Kelly told Good Day NY.

The Rev. Al Sharpton issued a statement: 

"I am saddened to hear of the passing of former Mayor Ed Koch. Throughout his twelve-years of being Mayor I was one of his most vociferous critics. In fact, my first arrest was leading a sit-in on him about summer jobs for youth in 1978. We later united and worked together around the country in a national campaign for non-violent drug offenders to give them a second chance in life and we ended up getting to know and understand each other. Although we argued about everything from my marching in Bensonhurst, to Florida and Trayvon Martin, and although we disagreed on politics from his views on President Obama to other matters, I have found that he was never a phony or a hypocrite. He would not patronize or deceive you. He said what he meant. He meant what he said. He fought for what he believed. May he rest in peace."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg shared the following message: 

"Earlier today, New York City lost an irrepressible icon, our most charismatic cheerleader and champion, Edward I. Koch. He was a great mayor, a great man, and a great friend. In elected office and as a private citizen, he was our most tireless, fearless, and guileless civic crusader. Through his tough, determined leadership and responsible fiscal stewardship, Ed helped lift the city out of its darkest days and set it on course for an incredible comeback. We will miss him dearly, but his good works - and his wit and wisdom - will forever be a part of the city he loved so much. His spirit will live on not only here at City Hall, and not only on the bridge the bears his name, but all across the five boroughs.

"I'm expressing my condolences on behalf of all 8.4 million New Yorkers, and I know so many of them will be keeping Mayor Koch and his family and friends in their thoughts prayers. As we mourn Mayor Koch's passing, the flags at all City buildings will be flying at half-staff in his memory."

President Barack Obama:

"Ed Koch was an extraordinary Mayor, irrepressible character, and quintessential New Yorker. He took office at a time when New York was in fiscal crisis, and helped his city achieve economic renewal, expand affordable housing, and extend opportunity to more of its people. In public office and beyond, his energy, force of personality, and commitment to causes ranging from civic issues to the security of the state of Israel always informed and enlivened the public discourse. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to Ed's loved ones, and to the city that survives him."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo:

"With the passing of Ed Koch, New York has lost one of our most admired public leaders. Ed Koch embodied the highest ideals of public service and his life was dedicated toward making New York - the city and our state - a better place for all. From his days on the front lines of World War II, his time in Congress, to his leadership as Mayor guiding New York City through difficult years, Ed Koch never strayed from his unwavering commitment to serving others.

"No New Yorker has - or likely ever will - voice their love for New York City in such a passionate and outspoken manner than Ed Koch. New York City would not be the place it is today without Ed Koch's leadership over three terms at City Hall. Mr. Mayor was never one to shy away from taking a stand that he believed was right, no matter what the polls said or what was politically correct.

"Many times in my life I have turned to Ed Koch for his advice and guidance. Just yesterday I spoke with the Mayor to wish him courage and strength, and let him know he was on all of our thoughts and prayers. I will miss his friendship, and we will all miss his perpetual optimism and tireless commitment to continually striving to improve our city, state, nation and world. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I send my condolences to his family and friends."

U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.:

"I am terribly saddened by the passing of Mayor Ed Koch. Ed Koch was a true friend and trusted advisor. Ed Koch personified the spirit of New York. New York's Mayor For Life is now New York's Mayor for eternity. May he Rest In Peace."

City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn:

"All of New York City is in mourning today as we say goodbye to a great mayor, a great man, and a great friend.

"Ed Koch dedicated his life to the five boroughs. He loved this city fiercely and it loved him back. He saved us from the brink of bankruptcy, raised our spirits, and restored our city's reputation in the world. He rebuilt our crumbling infrastructure, adding more than 150,000 units of affordable housing. And after leaving office he continued to make New York a better place, inspiring us through his writing, his activism, and his commitment to change.

"But he was more than just the sum total of his accomplishments. Mayor Koch was larger than life. He stood taller than the bridge that bears his name. His sense of humor and tenacious spirit personified this town. Ed Koch was New York.

"I can remember seeing him on TV when I was a little girl and thinking to myself, "If I could ever meet him it would be a dream come true."

"Years later when I was working at the Anti-Violence Project, I was in the midst of a very public battle with City Hall. Mayor Koch called me out of the blue. I had never spoken to him in my life. He told me, "You're doing the right thing. Don't back down, and call me if I can do anything."

"Mayor Koch was never one to back down from a fight, and never above reaching out to a stranger to offer his help. Throughout my years in government, some of my proudest and fondest moments have been working and fighting by his side.

"He once said, 'I don't want to leave Manhattan, even when I'm gone. This is my home.' Ed Koch will never leave New York City. He will exist forever in our hearts, and in the millions of lives he touched.

"On behalf of a grateful city, I want to extend my deepest condolences to his family, his friends, and all those who loved him."

U.S. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.:

"New Yorkers were particularly proud of Mayor Koch because he was so proud of New York. Every atom in his body lived, breathed, spoke, and exuded the city. He helped save the city and, perhaps most important of all, gave it confidence when it was beginning to doubt itself, which helped pave the way for the growth and prosperity we're still experiencing today. Every New Yorker will miss Ed Koch, and his towering presence."

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.:

"I am deeply saddened that we have lost a true champion for New Yorkers. Mayor Ed Koch was as singular and unique to New York City as the Empire State Building. I will always fondly remember the last time I saw the Mayor, our conversation went from Middle East policy, to the best Chinese food in New York City to movies, only as Ed Koch could. His great intellect, wit, humor, passion and compassion will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family."

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson:

"I extend my prayers to the family of Mayor Ed Koch. His leadership and legacy will never be forgotten in New York City, New York State or our Nation. He rescued New York at a time of need and demonstrated a deep love for community. His work and efforts will be remembered as he served and lived an extraordinary life. My God give him rest from his labor."

Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch:

"Ed Koch was a man of great integrity and insight who understood the risks and sacrifices made by New York City police officers. He would never pass a police officer on the street without extending his hand in greeting and thanks in recognition for the dangerous job we do. Ed Koch was all of what's good about New York City wrapped into one charismatic and warm human being. He will be deeply missed."

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Diocese of Brooklyn:

"The Catholic community in Brooklyn and Queens joins all New Yorkers in mourning the passing of Edward I. Koch, a compelling leader who became a symbol of New York City as its 'mayor for life.'

"He never forgot the common folk, even as he transcended to greatness and became a legend. He was as concerned about residents in the outer boroughs as much as he was for those in Manhattan. He brought New York City back from the brink of economic crisis and financial ruin, and managed to foster a sense of small town Americana in our big city.

"A man who was proud of his Jewish faith, the last time I saw him was right before Christmas, at St. James Cathedral Basilica in Downtown Brooklyn for the Funeral Mass of his former Chancellor of Schools, Dr. Frank Macchiarola.

"Mayor Koch recently again showed his support for Catholic Schools by backing a proposal for tax credits for parochial school parents.

"Mayor Koch embraced everyone; let us embrace the memory he leaves us with."

U.S. Rep. Grace Men, D-N.Y.:

"Ed Koch was pure New York. He was a quintessential New Yorker and a larger than life figure in New York politics. He was a great cheerleader for New York, and never stopped professing his love for our great city. Growing up in Queens while he was mayor, I remember him constantly asking New Yorkers "how'm I doing?"

"Ed Koch always spoke his mind and led us through so many challenges that made our city a better place.

"He was colorful and tough but was also a warm person with a terrific sense of humor. I'll always be proud and thankful for his support and will cherish the memories of working with him.

"The death of Ed Koch has left a void in our city. But New Yorkers will never forget this iconic figure who personified New York. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends at this difficult time."

State Sen. Malcolm Smith, D-Queens:

"Ed Koch had a lifelong dedication to public service that made New York City proud.

"Having worked with him at City Hall, I was able to learn a lot from him as he taught me to never be afraid to speak up for the values you believe in.

"The Big Apple was the family that Ed Koch cared for both as a public servant and a community leader. He was an icon of our great city. He was a fighter that never gave up. His wit and compassion of the famous line ''How am I doing'' reminds us as officials what we need to continually ask the people that elected us to serve in government.

"New York will remember a great leader that always served as the peoples Mayor even decades after he left office. He taught us independence in choosing people by their abilities not their political party. Every time New Yorkers cross the Queens Borough Bridge to Manhattan they should think about a man who put people first and made us feel good in living in the greatest city in the world. It was Ed Koch that never let us forget the place we work, love, and live."

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall:

"Ed Koch was the quintessential New Yorker… tough, passionate and compassionate. He stood up for what he believed in and spoke his mind in his own unique style.

"He believed that public service was the noblest of callings and he also knew that the element of caring made all the difference in the world.

"He left an indelible mark on the city he loved. His housing program, his fiscal management that brought our city back from the ledge, his leadership and spirit will be just a portion of the great legacy he leaves behind.

"How did he do? He did fine… just fine."

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.:

"Mayor Koch was a quintessential New Yorker and a central figure in New York life for 40 years. For decades, he embodied the soul of our city, unfailingly defending and advocating for New York and everyone in it. I was proud to have worked with him for years during his mayoralty and after on so many issues affecting the city and Israel, of which he was an unflinching supporter. In contemplating his rich and colorful life, I am struck by how honest, tough, hardworking and immune to pretense he was. New York has lost a great champion."


On the FOX 5 Facebook page, a long string of R.I.Ps were posted with many posting fond memories of Koch:

Miguel Troche I am full of emotions after finding out of his passing. He was a GOD sent man and may he Rest In Peace.
Wanda Ferrer He was a true mayor and true American he really care about the NYC people
Wanda Warren There will never be a Mayor like Ed Koch a true New Yorker not only did he love New York he loves the people too. Yes Ed Koch you did very well!
Margaret Canessa Mr. Koch was a great example for my son when he was growing up. He aspires to be like him . He was one in a million!
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