Former Mayor Ed Koch has left us at the age of 88 and has served our great city well. In fact, I think we are much better off today because we had Koch around when we most needed him. He gave back to the city its spirit, and saved the city when it was in deep financial trouble.
Here was a man who was honest, worked hard for the people of New York City, and always spoke his mind. After leaving office, Koch was outspoken about the state, the country and the world. He was also a great defender of Israel, and on that there is no doubt.
New York has lost a most noble soul and a voice that will be dearly missed.It is rare for a politician to speak the truth, but Ed Koch did. I met Koch when he was first running for mayor, and found him to be a person we could trust to do the right thing.
I think when Koch gets to heaven, he might say to God, “How'm I doin'?" I think the answer will be," You've done well."
Frederick R. Bedell, Jr.
Glen Oaks Village