Published on February 1st, 20130
RIP NYC Mayor Ed Koch
Earlier today, New York City lost an irrepressible icon, our most charismatic cheerleader and champion, Edward I. Koch. He was a great mayor, a great man, and a great friend. In elected office and as a private citizen, he was our most tireless, fearless, and guileless civic crusader. Through his tough, determined leadership and responsible fiscal stewardship, Ed helped lift the city out of its darkest days and set it on course for an incredible comeback. We will miss him dearly, but his good works – and his wit and wisdom – will forever be a part of the city he loved so much. His spirit will live on not only here at City Hall, and not only on the bridge that bears his name, but all across the five boroughs.
I’m expressing my condolences on behalf of all 8.4 million New Yorkers, and I know so many of them will be keeping Mayor Koch and his family and friends in their thoughts and prayers. As we mourn Mayor Koch’s passing, the flags at all City buildings will be flying at half-staff in his memory.
The New York Republican Party NYGOP Chair Ed Cox just released the following statement on the passing of Ed Koch, former New York City Councilman, Member of Congress and New York City Mayor:
“Ed Koch personified New York City: he was animated; he wasn’t afraid to use his trademark humor and wit to resolve a problem; he was fair and balanced in his approach to government and politics, crossing the aisle to endorse Republicans when he felt it was best for the city or country. “Ed Koch was a New York City icon, and a reminder that even a hatcheck boy from the Bronx can grow up to become Mayor. On behalf of the officers and staff of the New York Republican State Committee, Tricia and I offer our deepest sympathies to the Koch family.”