Former New York Mayor Ed Koch has died at the age of 88, reported WNBC News on Feb. 1. Koch passed away from congestive heart failure at the New York Presbyterian Hospital at 2 a.m. EST.
Funeral services will be held for the New York native at the Temple Emanu-El located at 1 East 65th Street in N.Y. on Monday, Feb. 4.
Rabbi Arthur Schneier was Ed Koch’s Rabbi of over 40 years.
“There’s only one Ed Koch and I will surely miss him. It’s a celebration of a great public servant,” said Rabbi Schneier.
Koch was admitted on Jan. 19 and was discharged just last Monday. However, he returned days later and was readmitted where the doctors treated a buildup of fluids in his lungs.
The iconic mayor was transferred to the intensive care unit on Thursday to be monitored more closely and died Friday early morning.
Edward Koch served three terms as the Mayor of New York that spanned for 12 years from 1978-1989. Under his leadership, he helped to revive New York at a time when the city was facing financial ruin.
The quintessential Mayor also served as judge years after retirement, on “The People’s Court” television show, 1997-1999.
The “Ed Koch Queensborough Br Upper Pkway” sign was officially named in his honor in May 2011.
Edward Irving Koch, will be laid to rest at the Trinity Cemetery located in Manhattan, N.Y.
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