Very few people can redefine themselves after leaving office and stay relevant, but Koch did.
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Ed Koch exceeded himself, and long after his official policies and decisions fade into irrelevance, he will be seen as the man who was voted out of office only to make himself the embodiment of public virtue and human decency.
He was one of those great figures. Most of us alive today didn't know LaGuardia or Gentleman Jimmy Walker. But we knew Ed Koch, The Man, The Mayor, The Movie Reviewer.
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