Per Michael Bloomberg:
Feb 01, 2013
Earlier today, New York City lost an irrepressible icon, our most charismatic cheerleader and champion, Edward I. Koch. He was a great mayor, a great man, and a great friend. In elected office and as a private citizen, he was our most tireless, fearless, and guileless civic crusader. 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. We will miss him dearly, but his good works – and his wit and wisdom – will forever be a part of the city he loved so much. His spirit will live on not only here at City Hall, and not only on the bridge the bears his name, but all across the five boroughs.
I’m expressing my condolences on behalf of all 8.4 million New Yorkers, and I know so many of them will be keeping Mayor Koch and his family and friends in their thoughts prayers. As we mourn Mayor Koch’s passing, the flags at all City buildings will be flying at half-staff in his memory.
Ed Koch and Patty Andrews linked for eternity in Apple Blossom Time. Who will be their LaVerne?
Story broke on DL at 6:00 this morning.
Ed Koch appointed Judge Judy to the bench.
This thread is useless without pics.
Stupid pig antigay closet case passes. Oh well.
At least now we can get a rundown on his old boyfriends, including the boyfriend he paid to move to California.
El mayoro Ed Kocho es muerto. Nosotros extendamos nuestro sympathios a sus gatos y su housekeepingadera.
The news reports said he had no family or partner. He died with NO FAMILY to clean the porn out of the apartment. Can you imagine what the cleaning lady will find there???
Was it ever proven that he was gay?
meh... who gives a shit?
Did any of the obituaries even bring up the gay issue?
When it comes to the "gay issue," they should have brought it up. After all, Congressman Ed Koch and Bella Abzug worked with the National Gay Task Force to push for the first federal bill to ban discrimination against lesbians, gay men, unmarried persons and women in employment, housing and public accommodations.
First introduced by Congresswoman Abzug in 1974, Koch assumed leadership on the nondiscrimination bill in 1977. He arranged for Bruce Voeller and Jean O’Leary, co-directors of the Task Force, to meet with President Carter’s liaison Midge Costanza. This was the first ever meeting between gay activists and White House officials.
Ed Koch will go down in history as one of the first members of Congress to push for equality for gays.
Why all the hate for Ed Koch? He is before my time.
I heard over the years that he was a "confirmed bachelor" and whispers about him being gay.
I always heard he was a good NYC Mayor? But why the hate?
This isn't the main Koch-dead thread r14, do a search and bump the longer one.
Has a single commentator been willing to ask if he was gay yet?
They report that he never married and had no kids, but they leave it there.
He supported Hillary for the Senate and campaigned for her to get Sec. of State.
Bill Clinton will represent Obama at the funeral tomorrow.
He'll be buried in the cemetery at Trinity Episcopal Church - the only cemetery in the city that has any space. One of his graveyard neighbors is Alexander Hamilton.