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New York has lost an original.
Former mayor aide Ed Koch has died senior correspondent Eric Shawn looks at a larger than life character who once said.
He didn't get ulcers he gave them.
He had been an an out of the hospital the past few months and now the city that he so loved.
-- n.'s Ed Koch.
When we were down Ed Koch picked us up.
When we were worried he gave us confidence.
When someone needed a good kick in the -- -- he gave it to them.
And debt if you remember he enjoyed it normally -- He was the very symbol of this city itself.
Crash 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 leave that.
They voted for me it was a shock 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 near bankruptcy.
But by force of his personality he put New York back on the path to solvency.
When I came and the city was in the state of short term debt of six billion.
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 by his third term in 1989 racial tensions and homelessness talk there tall.
He was defeated in the democratic primary but went on to remain publicly very active as a beloved citizen.
And I as I said when night.
Left office I'm never gonna retire I expect to -- to stats.
-- -- Koch who never married and has always described himself as a liberal with sanity I would be Iraq go nowhere to go or not.
He often endorse Republicans and was known for is independent passionate and spirited ways.
-- -- -- He picked his burial place that he would always stay in Manhattan.
An honest tombstone chose the last words of slain journalist Daniel Pearl.
My father's Jewish my mother's Jewish I am Jewish Daniel Pearl was murdered by terrorists in 2002.
On this very same day.
-- -- Also -- Had Koch is funeral is Monday do you remember with affection and respect by many including those like me.
Who had the privilege and joy of knowing and covering this very uncommon public official for decades.
Eric thank you.
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