Sen. Coleman's Statement on the Passing of Mayor Ed Koch
As a young urban Mayor, I looked to the passion Ed Koch had for his City, and the people he served for inspiration. His can-do spirit, his unwavering optimism and his unabashed love for New York City and the people he served was always evident -- even long after his term of Office.
As a Jew, Ed Koch taught me, and an entire generation of Jewish men and women, that love of our history, our heritage, our faith and our homeland, was more than a privilege, it was, and remains, an obligation. Israel had no greater friend in American, or defender of its freedoms, liberty and security than Ed Koch.
America lost a great American institution with the passing of Ed Koch. For 88 years, Ed Koch represented all that was great about our nation. He was never shy to speak his mind, or go against the current of public or popular opinion.
David Ben-Gurion said that anyone who doesn't believe in miracles isn't a realist. Ed Koch was a realist, and to him, every day was a day to believe in miracles.
We will miss Mayor Ed Koch and the passion he brought to politics, to government and most of all to humanity