FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2013
MAYOR BLOOMBERG DISCUSSES THE LEGACY OF MAYOR EDWARD I. KOCH IN WEEKLY RADIO ADDRESS
The following is the text of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s weekly radio address as prepared for delivery on 1010 WINS News Radio for Sunday, February 3, 2013.
“Good Morning. This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
“On Friday, New York City lost an irrepressible icon – and our most charismatic cheerleader and champion – when Mayor Edward I. Koch passed away at the age of 88. He was a great mayor, a great man and a great friend to me.
“Back in the 1970s, the whole city was crumbling around us. Then we elected Ed Koch. He was a civic savior for a city in desperate need of one, and he will be remembered as one of the greatest – and most important – mayors in our city’s long history. When we were down, he picked us up. When we were worried, he gave us confidence. When someone needed a good kick in the rear – he gave it to them.
“In elected office and as a private citizen, Mayor Koch was our most tireless, fearless, and guileless civic crusader. And through his tough, determined leadership and responsible fiscal stewardship, Ed helped lift the city out of its darkest days and set it on course for an incredible comeback.
“Ed loved the job because he was so good at it. His legacy is all around us – in all five boroughs, and I think it’s fair to say that no retired elected official in the history of the world remained more involved, more vocal, more relevant than Edward I. Koch.
“Ed was one of the few people to endorse me back in 2001, and he remained a strong supporter. He was someone I could always turn to for wise counsel throughout my time in City Hall. And no one gave advice like Ed. I have enormous respect and admiration for what Ed was able to accomplish during some of the city’s toughest times, and for the integrity that he brought to the job, and to every part of his life.
“And I know that as we mourn his passing, he would want us to celebrate his life – and the life of the city he loved so much. We will miss him dearly, but his good works – and his wit and wisdom – will forever be a part of New York. His spirit will live on not only at City Hall, and not only on the bridge that bears his name, but all across the five boroughs.
“Today, I know millions of New Yorkers have Mayor Koch and his family and friends in their thoughts and prayers. As we mourn his passing, the flags at all City buildings are flying at half-staff in his memory.
“This is Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Thanks for listening.”
Marc La Vorgna (212) 788-2958
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