Submitted by ub on Fri, 02/01/2013 - 09:54

"Beleaguered and tired" were the last words he used to explain how he felt, according to his spokesman George Arzt, who says Koch died Friday morning of congestive heart failure.

He was 88 and served as a congressman, a judge and never married. He was doing fine until the arrival of his time.

Edward Irving "Ed" Koch was a lawyer, a politician, and commentator. He served in the United States House of Representatives from 1969 to 1977 and three terms as mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989.

Koch was proud of his Jewish faith and fiercely fought for the people of New York City. As a news reporter, I had several opportunities to meet him and I can honestly say there ought to be more politicians who are as direct as he was.