Death of Ed Koch

December 12, 1924 - February 1, 2013
New York, New York | Age 88

Mayor who became a symbol of NYC dies
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DEEPTI HAJELA, The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — In 1977, New York City was deep into its worst fiscal crisis ever. Riots erupted that summer during a blackout. And a fire in one of the most blighted parts of town that fall led sports commentator Howard Cosell to announce during a World Series game at Yankee Stadium: "Ladies and gentlemen, the Bronx is burning."

Into that mess stepped Ed Koch as the city's newly elected mayor. Within a few years, New York was back on...

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