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New York - Retired FBI Agent Fondly Recalls Tense Meeting With Koch

Published on: February 3, 2013 08:55 AM
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In this Dec. 10, 2012 file photo, former New York City Mayor Ed Koch says goodbye to reporters as he gets in his car after being released from the hospital in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)In this Dec. 10, 2012 file photo, former New York City Mayor Ed Koch says goodbye to reporters as he gets in his car after being released from the hospital in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

New York - Upon hearing the news of Ed Koch’s death Friday morning, retired FBI agent, Joe Perischini, told the Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/12khLgf) about a tense, but memorable meeting with the former mayor in the 1980s.

Working as a street-agent assigned to a prosecution team investigating NYC’s legendary Parking Violations Bureau scandal in 1986, Perischini said speculation pointing to the possibility of the mayor being involved in the scandal became so rampant that a decision was made to request an interview with the mayor—and to everyone’s surprise, Mayor Koch agreed.

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Perischini recalled his ‘cordial’ introduction to the mayor, after which he and another agent were seated across from Koch in the mayor’s office. But that, according to Perischini, was where the pleasantries ended.

Within minutes Koch determined the line of their questioning. Koch became agitated, boisterous, and defiant—-pounding his desk, while staring down Perischini and his fellow agent, peppering them with blunt retorts and profanities. At one point, Perischini recalled, the mayor turned the tables, challenging the agents to come with more if they had it.

Perischini referred Koch’s overall response to speculation of his involvement in the scandal as an unqualified “New York No,” and he recalled shaking his head in disbelief as to what he had just witnessed upon leaving.

Looking back, Perischini had kind thoughts for the mayor today and said he was a good public servant.


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 Feb 03, 2013 at 11:00 AM frum flatbusher Says:

I wonder how koch will be able to stare at the accusing malachim on his eating treif and advocating for gay rights. In those days it was a fight against gay rights not even dreaming that one crazy day it will be gay marriage. Soon the fight will be about marrying your sister or pet dog. Its coming my friends. Society is falling fast. Koch was no savior for this city. It was Rudy who turned things around. Let's get the facts straight. Koch can be eulogized in the reform temple and get buried in a church. That's his extend of judaism. A disgrace to our people.

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 12:20 PM awacs Says:

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frum flatbusher Says:

I wonder how koch will be able to stare at the accusing malachim on his eating treif and advocating for gay rights. In those days it was a fight against gay rights not even dreaming that one crazy day it will be gay marriage. Soon the fight will be about marrying your sister or pet dog. Its coming my friends. Society is falling fast. Koch was no savior for this city. It was Rudy who turned things around. Let's get the facts straight. Koch can be eulogized in the reform temple and get buried in a church. That's his extend of judaism. A disgrace to our people.

Maybe.

Maybe the Malachim will also remember the good things he did for Jews, and his putting Daniel Pearl's last words on his matzeivah.

Maybe both.

Bottom line: if you really know what goes upstairs, what are you doing posting here? You should be selling stock market picks, or tomorrow's lottery numbers!

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 12:35 PM Howard Says:

My friend, I'm afraid you're the one who's in for the unpleasant surprise when you come to judgment after 120 years. The real disgrace to our people is not Koch but people like you, who take a Torah whose ways are supposed to be pleasant ("darchei noam") and whose view of what makes a person a mensch go well beyond whether or not he eats treyf. What about all the frum sex abusers, money launderers, wife beaters, tax cheats, get-refusers, haters of non-Jews, et al, who keep kosher beyond the call of duty -- mehadrin l'mehadrin, kemach yasham, cholov yosroel, pas yisroel, etc., but are evil-doers on a level Koch never was? Yoiu really think kashrus is more important in Hashem's eyes than a person's inner qualities? Kashrus is one of many things Hashem commands of us, but you wouldn't know it from small-minded Yidden like you who take the Majestic Sovereign of the Universe who created all creatures and turn Him into a mean little lamdan who thinks the world begins and ends with whether someone eats treyf.

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 05:13 PM frum flathbusher Says:

So you Howard declare that G-d does not care about eating treif or being mechalel sh
abbos. I think you are confusing with the new testament our Torah. G-d does care what we eat. He destroyed the entire world because of gay marriage 4100 years during Noachs era.

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 05:57 PM Barsechel Says:

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Howard Says:

My friend, I'm afraid you're the one who's in for the unpleasant surprise when you come to judgment after 120 years. The real disgrace to our people is not Koch but people like you, who take a Torah whose ways are supposed to be pleasant ("darchei noam") and whose view of what makes a person a mensch go well beyond whether or not he eats treyf. What about all the frum sex abusers, money launderers, wife beaters, tax cheats, get-refusers, haters of non-Jews, et al, who keep kosher beyond the call of duty -- mehadrin l'mehadrin, kemach yasham, cholov yosroel, pas yisroel, etc., but are evil-doers on a level Koch never was? Yoiu really think kashrus is more important in Hashem's eyes than a person's inner qualities? Kashrus is one of many things Hashem commands of us, but you wouldn't know it from small-minded Yidden like you who take the Majestic Sovereign of the Universe who created all creatures and turn Him into a mean little lamdan who thinks the world begins and ends with whether someone eats treyf.

You are a very confused individual. Judaism is not 'club' where you do what you please. It is " a way of life" Halacha mandates how a jew shoul live every moment of his life. There are people who do not keep one din or another but one should strive to keep all halachot. The fact that some so called frum observant Jews are 'oiver' on 'issurim' does not allow anyone leaway with observance of all mitzvos. In other words it is perfectly fine to critisize a public figure for eating treif and being mechallel shabbos 'befarhesia' and yes he will get 'schar' for al his good deeds as well.
It strikes me as totally bizarre that a person who has Shema Yisroel inscribed on his tombstone shoul be buried in a christian cemeteray (even with a gate surrounding his grave) it shows me that Koch did not have all his marbles. No one has ever done such an abominable act.

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 08:15 PM Howard Says:

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Barsechel Says:

You are a very confused individual. Judaism is not 'club' where you do what you please. It is " a way of life" Halacha mandates how a jew shoul live every moment of his life. There are people who do not keep one din or another but one should strive to keep all halachot. The fact that some so called frum observant Jews are 'oiver' on 'issurim' does not allow anyone leaway with observance of all mitzvos. In other words it is perfectly fine to critisize a public figure for eating treif and being mechallel shabbos 'befarhesia' and yes he will get 'schar' for al his good deeds as well.
It strikes me as totally bizarre that a person who has Shema Yisroel inscribed on his tombstone shoul be buried in a christian cemeteray (even with a gate surrounding his grave) it shows me that Koch did not have all his marbles. No one has ever done such an abominable act.

Both # 4 and #5 didn't get my point -- or maybe their reading comprehension skills are at a heimishe yeshiva level. I never said Hashem doesn't care about kashrus -- in fact, I explicitly said he commands us to keep kosher. But that's just one of many things we're commanded to keep, and if soemone is a tax cheat, sex abuser, embezzler, money launderer, hater of other human beings, etc., all the keeping kosher in the world won't hide those sins.

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 Feb 03, 2013 at 10:25 PM Yossel Says:

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frum flatbusher Says:

I wonder how koch will be able to stare at the accusing malachim on his eating treif and advocating for gay rights. In those days it was a fight against gay rights not even dreaming that one crazy day it will be gay marriage. Soon the fight will be about marrying your sister or pet dog. Its coming my friends. Society is falling fast. Koch was no savior for this city. It was Rudy who turned things around. Let's get the facts straight. Koch can be eulogized in the reform temple and get buried in a church. That's his extend of judaism. A disgrace to our people.

Koch balanced the city budget, for the first time in decades. He won concessions from labor unions. He revived a dying economy. That's why he was reelected twice on the Republican ticket. The Gays hated him. He closed all their steam baths and told them bluntly that their behavior was the cause of the AIDS epidemic.

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 Feb 04, 2013 at 03:06 PM Barsechel Says:

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Howard Says:

Both # 4 and #5 didn't get my point -- or maybe their reading comprehension skills are at a heimishe yeshiva level. I never said Hashem doesn't care about kashrus -- in fact, I explicitly said he commands us to keep kosher. But that's just one of many things we're commanded to keep, and if soemone is a tax cheat, sex abuser, embezzler, money launderer, hater of other human beings, etc., all the keeping kosher in the world won't hide those sins.

I think that firstly you should stop your insults my education ( a PHD) probably outranks yours secondly your comments make zero sense we are discussing Koch and his shortcomings and no way does he look better by you mixing in other stuff.
Everyone has to keep Hashems commadments all those that do not will have to give din vcheshbon thats all.
So stop being a wiseguy!

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