Ed Koch

The New York City that Mayor Ed Koch inherited in 1978 is almost unimaginable today: graffiti-filled subways; miles of abandoned buildings; filthy streets that were unsafe to walk in daylight, much less at night; and a municipal government that had stopped functioning.

Ed was a savior for a city in desperate need of one. Through his determined leadership and responsible fiscal stewardship, he helped lift the city out of its darkest days and set it on course for an incredible comeback. And no mayor has ever embodied the spirit of New York like Ed: brash and irreverent, full of humor and...

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