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New York - Former New York Mayor Ed Koch Moved To Hospital Intensive Care

Published on: January 31, 2013 05:42 PM
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FILE 0 Former mayor of New York and Grand Marshal of the parade Ed Koch shakes hands with a boy at the start of the parade as former mayor David Dinkins (L) looks on during the Veterans Day Parade in New York November 11, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo AllegriFILE 0 Former mayor of New York and Grand Marshal of the parade Ed Koch shakes hands with a boy at the start of the parade as former mayor David Dinkins (L) looks on during the Veterans Day Parade in New York November 11, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

New York - Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch was moved to a hospital intensive care unit on Thursday, his spokesman said, in a sign that his health could be deteriorating.

Koch spokesman George Arzt said the 88-year-old politician, who earned a reputation for being as outspoken as he is colorful, was being moved so his cardiologist could better monitor his condition. Koch has been treated at New York-Presbyterian Hospital on and off since January 19.

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Koch was re-admitted to the hospital on Monday after complaining of shortness of breath. He was unable to attend Tuesday’s premier of “Koch,” a documentary about his turbulent three terms as mayor, at the Museum of Modern Art.

In New York’s City Hall from 1978 to 1989, Koch - with his trademark phrase “How’m I Doing?” - was seen as the personification of New York City.

“I don’t think there was anybody who had more fun being mayor as Ed Koch,” City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is in the race to be the city’s next mayor, said while walking the premier’s red carpet.

Koch was credited with helping to restore confidence in the city at a time when it stood at the brink of financial ruin. Under his leadership, New York City regained its fiscal footing and underwent a construction boom.

His time in office was also marked by corruption among his political allies, racial tensions, a rise in cases of AIDS and HIV, and an increase in homelessness and the crime rate.


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 Jan 31, 2013 at 06:26 PM hey_you_never_know Says:

I remember hearing he's Jewish...never mind that I also remember when I was around 6 or 7 the school organized a trip to stand in front of his office and scream "mayor koch, don't poison our city" anyone else remembers that?

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 Jan 31, 2013 at 06:36 PM sandymoos Says:

Hang in there Mayor!

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 Jan 31, 2013 at 07:13 PM monalisa Says:

He's a real New York character....I hope he recovers quickly & easily. Now may be the time for him to reconsider being buried in a churchyard. It's not too late to make a new choice of final resting place for after 120..

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 Jan 31, 2013 at 08:09 PM iymbb1 Says:

Name for tehilim?

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 Jan 31, 2013 at 10:20 PM yaakov doe Says:

Reply to #4  
iymbb1 Says:

Name for tehilim?

I wonder if even he knows

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 Feb 01, 2013 at 01:25 AM schwartzi Says:

Reply to #3  
monalisa Says:

He's a real New York character....I hope he recovers quickly & easily. Now may be the time for him to reconsider being buried in a churchyard. It's not too late to make a new choice of final resting place for after 120..

it's ok. he shouldnt re consider. he made a wise choice.

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 Feb 01, 2013 at 05:55 AM Norden Says:

Reply to #1  
hey_you_never_know Says:

I remember hearing he's Jewish...never mind that I also remember when I was around 6 or 7 the school organized a trip to stand in front of his office and scream "mayor koch, don't poison our city" anyone else remembers that?

Nope. Just you.

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 Feb 01, 2013 at 06:31 PM marcia Says:

I'd rather see a President KOCH than our current King Obama..may he rest in peace...

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