Silver, Skelos, Klein Mourn Ed Koch
Here’s the statement from Speaker Sheldon Silver on the passing of Ed Koch.
It is with great sadness that I mourn the passing of the inimitable Ed Koch. Born and educated in New York City, the son of Jewish immigrants, a staunch supporter of Israel, Ed was a man I respected and a friend I treasured.
We served the people of Lower Manhattan together, and I remember fondly walking the neighborhoods with Ed and witnessing the charisma and empathy he brought to every encounter. I am proud to have had him as my congressman and mayor.
Ed’s path through life led from the Bronx to the battlefields of Europe back to the skyscrapers of Manhattan. He was a visionary who used his political acumen to bring his dreams to fruition and to blaze a trail wide enough for a generation of New Yorkers to follow.
The resolve with which he fought for his city, state, and country forged an admirable legacy. Thanks to his leadership as mayor, the City was transformed. From restoring fiscal stability, to building affordable housing, Ed’s mayoralty fueled a metropolitan renaissance.
A decorated veteran, Ed never hesitated when it came to fighting necessary battles. He went to war when his country called him. He served the people as a City councilman, congressman, and mayor, and remained a devoted public servant long after his time in office. Looking at the tenacity with which he continued to advocate for the issues dear to his heart – transparency in government, access and equality for the citizens of this city and state – one could argue that Ed never left office.
Although our opinions sometimes diverged, I will miss his colorful character, his bold spirit, and his sharp wit. A great New Yorker has passed away this morning. May he rest in peace.
And here is the statement from Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, who butted heads with Koch in past years over redistricting. Koch specifically called out Skelos for not living up to the pledge he made to Koch’s group NY Uprising to support independent redistricting.
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.
As a Congressman, Mayor and political commentator, Ed Koch brought enthusiasm to everything he did, and he never stopped fighting for the causes he believed in.
All those who knew or worked with Ed Koch, or were fortunate enough to meet him, understand today that he’ll be sorely missed by the people of New York.
And here is Senate Independent Democrat Leader Jeff Klein’s statement on Koch’s death.
“Ed Koch was a rare breed of politician. I learned that first-hand while interning on his second reelection campaign. It was my first foray into politics, and it was an experience that I will never forget.
“Mayor Koch was a brash, honest, and unyielding reformer. But what set Ed Koch apart was that he always took the time to articulate his argument in thoughtful and compelling terms. During his years in and out of elected office, New York was the better for it.
“As many of us valued, there was never any hiding the ball with Ed Koch. Whether we were discussing policy or politics, I always knew exactly where he stood. That’s something that many in public life have tried to emulate, but few have had the courage to replicate.
” I send my deepest condolences to his family and friends. We will all miss him.”
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