Farewell Mayor Ed Koch
New York and the whole country have lost an outstanding public servent and one of the most entertaining characters ever to appear in public life. He is, of course, mostly remembered as New York City’s mayor from 1978 to 1989. However, it should not be forgotten that he served two terms as a congressman AND as a infantryman during World War II, finding himself involved in Hürtgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge.
While I find it regrettable that he lent his credibility to the thoroughly distasteful Newsmax in recent times, I can also admire a lifelong Democrat who regularly reached across the political spectrum to support causes and candidates he believed in. I strongly suspect that even those who are not thrilled with certain aspects of his record will agree: he left New York City a far better place than he found it.
Please enjoy the following New York Times retrospective video posted today in honor of his passing: