25 Years of New York City Charter Revisions

Edward I. Koch



 Statement of New York Law School Dean Anthony W. Crowell
on the Passing of New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch

The New York Law School community mourns the loss of a good friend, Mayor Edward I. Koch.

Mayor Koch was formidable, and he led with a devotion, drive, pride and accountability that helped transform our City at a time when it faced an uncertain future. His doggedness and larger than life personality were emblematic of who we are as New Yorkers and it made him, and New York City, global icons that represent the best of everything.

Before there was a culture of social media, Twitter feeds, and a blogosphere to enable instantaneous feedback, Ed Koch looked for it the old fashioned way — by checking-in with the people every day. His famous “How’m I doing?” was a question he never got tired of asking. And, indeed, New Yorkers loudly answered him. Today, as we reflect on a life lived in public service, we get to answer the Mayor’s question one last time: Mayor Koch, you did great!

Over the next year, New York Law School and its Center for New York City Law will devote programming and academic research to celebrate Mayor Koch’s rich legacy as a leader, and lawyer, to provide a deeper understanding of how the development of law and policy during his Administration continues to influence the City’s governance, culture and economy today, and that of other places.


EDWARD I. KOCH (1924 -2013)[1]

Ed Koch’s career in government began in 1966 when he was elected to the New York City Council. In 1968, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served on the House Committee on Banking and the Appropriations Committee. He also was secretary of the New York Congressional Delegation. Following his tenure as the mayor of the city of New York for three terms from 1978-1989, Mr. Koch returned to law practice where he practiced in the regulatory area.

Mr. Koch hosted a radio program on Bloomberg AM 1130 (WBBR) and was also a commentator on that same station. He was a regular guest on NY1 television and wrote a political column and movie reviews. He lectured around the country and overseas. Mr. Koch appeared daily on the television series “The People’s Court” from 1997 to 1999 as the judge.

Mr. Koch wrote several autobiographical books, including: Mayor, 1984; Politics, 1985; His Eminence and Hizzoner, 1989; All the Best: Letters from a Feisty Mayor, 1990; Citizen Koch, 1992; Ed Koch on Everything, 1994; Giuliani: Nasty Man, 1999; I’m Not Done Yet: Remaining Relevant, 2000; Buzz:  How to Create It and Win with It, 2007 and The Koch Papers:  My Fight Against Anti-Semitism, 2008. His works of fiction are: Murder at City Hall, 1995; Murder on Broadway, 1996; Murder on 34th Street, 1997; and The Senator Must Die, 1998. Mr. Koch wrote two children’s books with his sister, Pat Koch Thaler, Eddie, Harold’s Little Brother, 2004 and Eddie’s Little Sister Makes a Splash, 2007.


[1] Source: Bryan Cave LLP.