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Ed Koch
Mayor Koch saved the City of New York from bankruptcy and in doing so restored the pride of New Yorkers. During his three terms as Mayor from 1978-1989, he restored fiscal stability to the City of New York, and he was responsible for placing the City on a GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices) balanced budget basis. He created a housing program which, over a ten-year period, provided more than 150,000 units of affordable housing financed by City funds in the amount of $5.1 billion. He created for the first time in New York City a merit judicial selection system and selected some of the most outstanding public servants to serve in his administration.

Prior to being Mayor, Mr. Koch served for nine years as a Congressman and two years as a member of the New York City Council. He attended City College of New York from 1941 to 1943. In his last year of college, he was drafted into the Army where he served with the 104th Infantry Division. He served in the European Theater of Operations, received two battle stars, the Combat Infantry badge, and he was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1946. In that year, he also attended the New York University School of Law. He received his LL.B. degree in 1948 and began to practice law immediately thereafter.

In 2004, Mr. Koch was appointed by Secretary of State Colin L. Powell as Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the Conference on Anti-Semitism sponsored by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The conference, held in April 2004 in Berlin, Germany, was extraordinarily successful in binding the 55 member nations in their resolve to reduce and seek the elimination of rising anti-Semitism by enacting civil legislation and educating the youth throughout the world of the dangers of anti-Semitism. He is known and praised as a public figure with the common touch, a leader who is a “voice of reason.” In April 2005, he was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council by President George W. Bush for a five-year term.

Additionally, Mr. Koch is the author of numerous books which include Mayor, Politics, His Eminence And Hizzoner, All The Best, Citizen Koch, Ed Koch On Everything, Giuliani Nasty Man, I’m Not Done Yet: Remaining Relevant, Buzz: How to Create It and Win with It, and two children’s books which he co-authored with his sister, Pat Koch Thaler: Eddie, Harold’s Little Brother, and Eddie’s Little Sister Makes a Splash. His most recent book is entitled The Koch Papers: My Fight Against Anti-Semitism.

Entries by Ed Koch

Enforcing the Law

(9) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 5:18 PM

The National Rifle Association which announced it had enrolled 100,000 new members after the national tragedy that took place in Newtown, Conn., is apparently so strong in Congress that, according to the New York Times of January 10:

The White House has calculated that a ban...
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Tom Friedman: Confused and Clearly Hostile to Israel

(6) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 1:35 PM

In his December 26 New York Times editorial, Tom Friedman wrote in support of former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel and the possibility that he will be chosen by President Barack Obama as Secretary of Defense. He stated: "So, yes, Hagel is out of the mainstream. That is exactly...

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Collaborators Then, Collaborators Now

(73) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 1:45 PM

The war against the Jews -- and against the State of Israel -- continues unabated.

For the past year, Israel has been subjected to rocket bombardments directed at its cities including Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv. A million Israeli civilians in Southern Israel had their lives disrupted as 8,000 rockets...

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Mr. President, Members of the Congress, Do Your Duty

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 1:04 PM

I wrote the beginning of this commentary in New York-Presbyterian Hospital where I was admitted on December 4. I had the flu, despite my having received an earlier flu shot. Fortunately, my flu was treated and is now gone. I am under the care of my longtime cardiologist, Dr. Joe...

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Only in New York City

(3) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 10:57 AM

Every now and then, there is a story that actually happened and could only happen in New York City. On November 14, 2012, a very cold night, while New York City police officer Lawrence DePrimo was on patrol in Times Square, he came across a homeless man who was barefoot...

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(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2012 | 12:01 PM

I was struck by an article which appeared in the New York Times on November 19th reporting on the position of the British government on the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas. Almost everyone acknowledges that the Hamas government in Gaza started the war, except for their Muslim supporters of...

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The New York Times Editorial of November 18th on Immigration Reform Is a Disgrace

(3) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 2:39 PM

I have never read a more biased editorial than the New York Times editorial of November 18th, entitled, "New Hope on Immigration." It advocates, as it has for years, providing amnesty for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants now residing within the borders of the United States.

The Times,...

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Advice to Both Republicans and Democrats

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 5:49 PM

President Barack Obama won reelection in a blowout. Some will ask how I can say "blowout" when he narrowly won the popular vote. President Obama won by a margin of about three million votes, winning 62,085,892 votes, compared with Mitt Romney's 58,777,012 votes. The president, however, handily won the electoral...

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Turkey Is Seeking Leadership of the Islamic World

(3) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 4:09 PM

After President Amadinejad of Iran and Iran's theocratic Islamist state, the greatest threat to Israel is Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Turkey's Islamist government. This is surprising because Turkey and Israel used to be close allies. The rift between the countries is directly linked to the ascendancy of...

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Hurricane Sandy Tested Us, and We Came Through

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 3:43 PM

On Sunday, October 28, at 4 p.m., I joined the parishioners at St. James Cathedral Basilica in Brooklyn in honoring my friend and their fellow congregant, Frank Macchiarola. His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI had bestowed upon Frank the Papal Honor of Knight Commander of the Holy Order of St. Gregory...

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Now on to Victory and the Reelection of President Barack Obama

(2) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 6:51 PM

I met with President Obama on September 21, 2011, after I supported Bob Turner, a Republican who won the Congressional seat vacated by Anthony Weiner. That seat had been held by a Democrat for nearly 100 years in prior elections and was the congressional district with the largest Jewish population...

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The New York Times Changes Its Position, Now Urging an Immediate Start of the Withdrawal of Our Armed Forces From Afghanistan

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 6:10 PM

In a full-page editorial this past Sunday, October 14, the New York Times publicly revealed its new position on our remaining in Afghanistan until December 2014 as proposed by the Obama administration. The opening paragraph of the editorial states that "it is time for United States forces to...

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Mr. President, Take Heart

(6) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 12:25 PM

I have no doubt that after his debate with President Obama, Mitt Romney was in a celebratory mood.

No one expected that the first presidential debate would be a game changer. Debates rarely have a lasting or significant impact. Further, to have what we had during the first debate...

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A History Lesson From 1010 B.C.E. to Now

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 6:31 PM

On September 27, 2012, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu of Israel delivered a speech to the United Nations. That speech is well worth reading, if someone is interested in world events and, in particular, a discussion of why it is a matter of life and death whether Iran is...

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President Morsi Makes His Demand on the U.S.

(3) Comments | Posted September 25, 2012 | 12:15 PM

In a New York Times interview published on September 23, 2012, the new president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, makes his demand for a change in U.S. foreign policy if Egypt is to have a friendly relationship with the U.S. He states that the U.S. would have to give...

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My Reaction to President Obama's Response to the Incidents in Egypt, Libya and Elsewhere

(3) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 1:42 PM

The New York Times of September 17, reported that,

"[i]n Iran, the commander of the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, took the unusual step of holding a news conference on Sunday to warn that 'nothing will remain' in Israel if it or any other nation launches...

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Medicaid -- an Entitlement Absolutely Needed to Protect Both the Poor and the Middle Class

(2) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 5:32 PM

Last week, I was unable to send my commentary because I was in the hospital suffering from anemia requiring three blood transfusions. The reason for the condition was that I had hemorrhaged in my mouth as a result of dental implants and Coumadin, a blood thinner. That affected other parts...

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Mr. President, Mr. Romney, Tell Us Please Why You Support American Soldiers Continuing to Remain in Afghanistan

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 3:53 PM

Last week, the New York Times in an article authored by James Dao and Andrew N. Lehren laid out the impact of the Afghan war on the families of those fighting in a way that only the Times is able to do. God bless the Times for the article and...

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Madonna, the State Department and the White House Have It All Wrong: The Russian Orthodox Church Is the Victim, Not Pussy Riot

(31) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 4:05 PM

Last week, a Russian court sentenced three feminist punk performers who call themselves "Pussy Riot" to prison for two years. The three women were charged with "hooliganism." The graveness of the charge was described by the New York Times of August 17:

The case began in February...
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1964 Is Back: A Redo of the Johnson-Goldwater Election

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 1:50 PM

Mitt Romney has done this country a great service by selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate. He has changed the nature of the election from one that is about who is the best candidate to lead us out of the aftermath of the Great Recession to one that concerns...

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