Ed Koch, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Ed Koch

former mayor of New York City

Date of Birth: 12-Dec-1924

Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York, United States

Date of Death: 01-Feb-2013

Profession: judge, writer, lawyer, politician, film critic

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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About Ed Koch

  • Edward Irving Koch ( KOTCH; December 12, 1924 ÔÇô February 1, 2013) was an American lawyer, politician, political commentator, movie critic, and television personality.
  • He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1969 to 1977 and was mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989. Koch was a lifelong Democrat who described himself as a "liberal with sanity".
  • The author of an ambitious public housing renewal program in his later years as mayor, he began by cutting spending and taxes and cutting 7,000 employees from the city payroll.
  • As a congressman and after his terms as mayor, Koch was a fervent supporter of Israel.
  • He crossed party lines to endorse Rudy Giuliani for mayor of New York City in 1993, Michael Bloomberg for mayor of New York City in 2001, and George W.
  • Bush for president in 2004.A popular figure, Koch rode the New York City Subway and stood at street corners greeting passersby with the slogan "How'm I doin'?" A lifelong bachelor with no children, Koch rebuffed speculation about his sexuality and refused to publicly discuss his romantic relationships.
  • After his retirement from politics, he declared that he was heterosexual. Koch was first elected mayor of New York City in 1977, and he won reelection in 1981 with 75% of the vote.
  • He was the first New York City mayor to win endorsement on both the Democratic and Republican party tickets.
  • In 1985, Koch was elected to a third term with 78% of the vote.
  • His third term was fraught with scandal regarding political associates (although the scandal never touched him personally) and with racial tensions, including the murder of Yusuf Hawkins a month before the 1989 mayoral primary.
  • In a close race, Koch lost the 1989 Democratic primary to his successor, David Dinkins.

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