Edward I. Koch, the outspoken three-term New York mayor who led the biggest U.S. city from the brink of bankruptcy in the late 1970s and boosted the spirits of crime-weary residents, has died. He was 88.
As mayor and after leaving office, Koch became one of the nation’s most influential Democrats, advocating for issues he cared about, including strong U.S. relations with Israel.
Describing himself as a “liberal with sanity,” he often took maverick positions sometimes angering his party’s liberal base. In 2012, he endorsed President Obama’s re-election.
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