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Mayor Koch saved the City of New York from bankruptcy and in doing so restored the pride of New Yorkers. During his three terms as Mayor from 1978-1989, he restored fiscal stability to the City of New York, and he was responsible for placing the City on a GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices) balanced budget basis. He created a housing program which, over a ten-year period, provided more than 150,000 units of affordable housing financed by City funds in the amount of $5.1 billion. He created for the first time in New York City a merit judicial selection system and selected some of the most outstanding public servants to serve in his administration. Prior to being Mayor, Mr. Koch served for nine years as a Congressman and two years as a member of the New York City Council. He attended City College of New York from 1941 to 1943. In his last year of college, he was drafted into the Army where he served with the 104th Infantry Division. He served in the European Theater of Operations, received two battle stars, the Combat Infantry badge, and he was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1946. In that year, he also attended the New York University School of Law. He received his LL.B. degree in 1948 and began to practice law immediately thereafter. He is currently a partner in the law firm of Bryan Cave LLP. He hosts a call-in radio program on Bloomberg AM 1130 (WBBR) and is also a commentator on that same station. Mr. Koch appears weekly on NY1 television with former Senator Alfonse D'Amato. He lectures around the country and writes a weekly commentary and weekly movie reviews. Additionally, Mr. Koch is the author of numerous books which include Mayor, Politics, His Eminence And Hizzoner, All The Best, Citizen Koch, Ed Koch On Everything, Giuliani Nasty Man, I'm Not Done Yet: Remaining Relevant, Buzz: How to Create It and Win with It, and two children's books which he co-authored with his sister, Pat Koch Thaler: Eddie, Harold's Little Brother, and Eddie's Little Sister Makes a Splash. His most recent book is entitled The Koch Papers: My Fight Against Anti-Semitism.


January 15, 2013 1:22 am

It is Time to Close the Gun Show Loophole

The National Rifle Association which announced it had enrolled 100,000 new members in one week after the national tragedy that took place in...

January 2, 2013 11:32 am

Dear David Cameron, Why Would You Expect Israel to Cooperate in its Intended Lynching?

My commentary this week is the letter that I sent to Prime Minister David Cameron of Great Britain. I had hoped that by this time...

December 28, 2012 2:07 pm

Tom Friedman: Confused and Clearly Hostile to Israel

In his December 26 New York Times editorial, Tom Friedman wrote in support of former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel and the possibility that he will...

December 18, 2012 6:01 pm

Let Us Annually Observe a Moment of Silence to Recall the Tragedy

Twenty defenseless children, ages six and seven, along with six of their teachers and school administrators, were murdered by a young man, himself 20 years...

December 17, 2012 1:09 pm

Ed Koch: Collaborators Then, Collaborators Now

The war against the Jews - and against the State of Israel - continues unabated. For the past year, Israel has been subjected to rocket bombardments...

December 4, 2012 11:11 am

Officer DePrimo Should be Invited to the White House

Every now and then, there is a story which actually happened and could only happen in New York City. On November 14, 2012, a very...

November 20, 2012 4:02 pm

Ed Koch: 42,600 Civilians Killed When British Bombed Hamburg, Why are They Now Calling for Israeli Restraint?

I was struck by an article which appeared in The New York Times on November 19th reporting on the position of the British government on...

November 13, 2012 10:27 am

Ed Koch: Advice to Both Republicans and Democrats

President Barack Obama won reelection in a blowout. Some will ask how I can say "blowout" when he narrowly won the popular vote. President Obama...

November 9, 2012 11:05 am

The Other Son (REVIEW)

This film is no blockbuster nor is it even one that you must see. It is interesting, however, because of its subject matter. The sons of...

November 5, 2012 9:32 pm

After Amadinejad, the Greatest Threat to Israel is Erdogan of Turkey

After President Amadinejad of Iran and Iran's theocratic Islamist state, the greatest threat to Israel is Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Turkey's Islamist...

November 2, 2012 5:53 am

Hurricane Sandy Tested Us, And We Came Through

On Sunday, October 28, at 4:00 p.m., I joined the parishioners at St. James Cathedral Basilica in Brooklyn in honoring my friend and their fellow...

October 15, 2012 7:27 pm

The New York Times Changes Its Position on Afghanistan

In a full-page editorial this past Sunday, October 14th, The New York Times publicly revealed its new position on our remaining in Afghanistan until December...


Children of Fallen Soldiers Celebrate Mass Bar Mitzvah

JNS.org -- Dozens of orphans of fallen Israeli soldiers, and the son of an American serviceman who died in Afghanistan, celebrated their...


Trump Campaign Manager Admits: ‘We Are Behind,’ Reiterates Camp...

Donald Trump's campaign manager pitched Sunday his new call to "drain the swamp" of Washington, even as she admitted Donald...


Palestinian Authority Releases Four Men Arrested for Attending Sukkot Event...

Four Palestinians arrested late last week for attending a sukkot holiday event in a West Bank settlement were freed on...

Middle East

Dozens of ISIS Militants Killed by Egyptian Airstrikes in Sinai

Around 70 Islamic State militants were killed Sunday morning after Egypt's air force struck a number of outposts in the northern Sinai peninsula, according to local reports. Most of the air...