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Ed Koch
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, center left, and Bess Myerson, center right, walk with architect Philip Johnson, left, and Rep. Ed Koch, right, as they leave New York's Grand Central after holding a news conference for the "Committee to Save Grand Central Station" on Jan. 30, 1975. (AP Photo/Harry Harris, File)

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Ed Koch, former NYC mayor

February 1, 2013

Ed Koch, the brash, colorful and often confrontational mayor who helped to lead New York City out of its brush with bankruptcy in the 1970s, launching an astonishing municipal turnaround that continues to this day, died on Feb. 1 at the age of 88. Funeral services were held Feb. 4.