Former New York mayor Ed Koch dies

2013-02-01 20:02
Ed Koch (Picture: AFP)

Ed Koch (Picture: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

New York - Ed Koch, the tough, fast-talking mayor of New York in the turbulent 1980s, died on Friday, aged 88.

Koch had been facing heart and other health problems.

The current mayor, Michael Bloomberg, praised Koch as a "tireless, fearless and guileless civic leader" for his role in rescuing New York from the brink of financial collapse.

"Ed helped lift the city out of its darkest days and set it on course for an incredible comeback," Bloomberg said.

He ordered flags to be lowered to half-mast.

Koch's greatest success was in tough financial management during his three terms between 1978 and 1989.

But he also presided over an era when AIDS, homelessness and crime were rampant across the biggest US city.

More than anything Koch is remembered for his rough and colourful New Yorker style.

"How'm I doin'?" was his trademark greeting to voters.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    michael bloomberg  |  us
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

6 reasons Boks won’t botch it
Fiji far too strong for Uruguay
Burger hopes for elusive World Cup win
As it happened: Fiji 47-15 Uruguay
Traffic Alerts

Relationships and significant connections may play an important role in your day today. Let the warmth of the Leo moon inspire more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.