Ed Koch


Ed Koch Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Koch graduated from New York University Law School.

    • During Koch's time as Mayor of New York City he managed to balance its budget.

    • Koch once walked across the Brooklyn Bridge during a union strike with many Manhattan commuters.

    • Koch was at one time romantically linked by the press to former Miss America, and TV game show panelist Bess Myerson.

    • Koch has never been married. In 1977 during the mayoral election his sexuality came into question. Even the anti-Koch slogan adopted by his non-supporters reflected this by expressing "Vote for Cuomo, not the homo."

    • In 1999, Koch had a minor heart attack.

    • In 2004 Koch was assigned as chairman of a volunteer drive for the Republican National Convention.

    • Koch's father was a furrier at 208 West 30th Street in New York, New York.

    • In Koch's first term in the late 1970s he restored New York City's fiscal health.

    • Koch was New York's 17th District Democratic U.S. Representative from 1969 until December 31, 1977. His resignation was due to his running for Mayor of New York City.

    • In 1965 Koch crossed party lines by endorsing Republican John Lindsay for mayor of New York City. At the time Koch was still serving as a Democratic district leader and thus made several headlines.

    • Koch was elected to the New York City Council in 1966.

    • Koch was a was a Democratic Party delegate to the New York State convention in 1964.

    • Koch was the Democratic Party district leader of Greenwich Village -- he was in office from 1963 to 1965.

    • Koch was the 105th Mayor of New York City -- his term was from 1978-1989.

  • Quotes

    • Koch (in reference to his sexuality): What do I care? I'm 73 years old. I find it fascinating that people are interested in my sex life at age 73. It's rather complimentary! But as I say in my book, my answer to questions on this subject is simply 'F*** off.'

    • Koch: There was always a love-hate relationship with New York and the rest of the country, but I made them feel more love than hate.

    • Koch: I said, to be a New Yorker you have to live here for six months, and if at the end of the six months you find you walk faster, talk faster, think faster, you're a New Yorker.