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Ed Koch

Bess Myerson at his side. Ed Koch makes victory statement. At extreme right is Herman Badillo, Sept. 20, 1977. (Photo by Charles Ruppmann/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

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.