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Former NYC mayor Ed Koch dead at age 88

NEW YORK – ‘Hizzoner’ Ed Koch, a feisty three-term mayor of New York City, died Friday morning in a New York City hospital.  He was 88.

Koch had been plagued with health problems lately, and was recently readmitted after battling pneumonia in December.  He was placed in intensive care last night and died early this morning.

Koch was first elected mayor in 1977.  He served three terms before losing to future mayor David Dinkins in the 1989 Democratic primary. 

“Earlier today, New York City lost an irrepressible icon, our most charismatic cheerleader and champion, Edward I. Koch", said current Mayor Michael Bloomberg.   "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." 

"With the passing of Ed Koch, New York has lost one of our most admired public leaders", said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "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. New York City would not be the place it is today without Ed Koch's leadership over three terms at City Hall. Mr. Mayor was never one to shy away from taking a stand that he believed was right, no matter what the polls said or what was politically correct.