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Reactions to death of Ed Koch

Posted By Joseph Spector On February 1, 2013 @ 10:10 am In Other | Comments Disabled

Here’s some of the reaction from political leaders to the death early this morning of former New York City Mayor Ed Koch:

[1]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.”

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman:
“As a lifelong New Yorker, it’s hard to imagine this city without Ed Koch. We will miss his keen mind, sharp wit, and absolute devotion to making a great city the best in the world.”

Rev. Al Sharpton:
“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.”

State Conservative Party chairman Mike Long:
“The passing of Mayor Ed Koch will leave a hole in the hearts of New Yorkers, he was a true gentleman with a jovial sense of humor who served New York well.”

Ruth Messinger, former Manhattan Borough President:
“Ed Koch was an extraordinary man and mayor, passionate about New York City, passionate about government, committed to the people who worked with and for him. He was always as outsized as the city to which he devoted most of his life.”

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos:
“With the passing of Ed Koch, New York has lost one of its true larger-than-life political leaders. He had a passion for public service, and an outsized personality to match.”


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