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He was the very symbol of this city itself.
-- brave funny outspoken and -- Ed Koch brought New York City back from the brink when he was elected mayor in 1977.
Nobody thought I could win.
But I got my message out with people believed it.
They voted for me it was a shock it was born in 1924 in Newark, New Jersey.
Served in world war two and took on the democratic Tammany hall of the 1960s.
As a reformed Democrat.
Before being elected councilman congressmen and finally moving to City Hall where he inherited a city besieged by crime public unrest and -- bankruptcy.
York -- a great city but the Big Apple.
Does not grow in the garden of Eden but by force of his personality put New York back on the path to solvency when I came -- The city was in this state of short term debt of six.
Dollars which we have to eliminate over a four year period and we did it over three year period.
And I'm very proud of what we've been.
He created a billion dollar housing program that wiped out abandoned ghettos and always forcefully spoke out on local and international issues.
He's the only man I know who speaks to god as an associate.
After three terms he was defeated in 1989.
But that didn't stop him from writing and remaining involved in public issues as a private and beloved citizen.
As I said -- and I.
I'm never gonna retire expected diet to stance Koch who never married always described himself as a liberal with sanity I would be Iraq out.
And go and he often endorse Republicans and was known for -- independent passionate and spirited -- it's.
He even picked out a New York City graveside.
Because he said he didn't ever want to leave Manhattan.
Ed Koch a New York original remembered with much affection.
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