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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.


September 19, 2012 12:31 am

My Reaction to President Obama’s Response to the Incidents in Egypt, Libya and Elsewhere

The New York Times of September 17, reported that, "[i]n Iran, the commander of the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, took...

August 27, 2012 4:00 pm

Mr. President, Mr. Romney, Tell Us Please Why You Support American Soldiers Remaining in Afghanistan

Last week, The New York Times in an article authored by James Dao and Andrew N. Lehren laid out the impact of the...

August 21, 2012 2:14 pm

Madonna, The State Department and The White House Have It All Wrong: The Russian Orthodox Church Is The Victim, Not “Pussy Riot”

This week, a Russian court sentenced three feminist punk performers who call themselves "Pussy Riot" to prison for two years.  The three women...

July 24, 2012 3:41 pm

Koch’s Notes: Gun Contol in America and Intervention in Syria

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is absolutely right to call upon President Barack Obama and his opponent Mitt Romney to do more than...

July 10, 2012 12:11 pm

Afghanistan and Pakistan: Time to Go

I learned from reading page 9 of the New York Times of July 8th that "The United States declared Afghanistan a major non-NATO ally on...

June 18, 2012 10:42 am

The Indian Point Nuclear Reactor Should Be Shut Down

I have joined forces with Riverkeeper, Inc.  Paul Gallay, Riverkeeper's President, and I have collaborated on this article urging the closing of the...

June 12, 2012 12:12 pm

Potpurri: Obama and Israel, Bibi’s Next Fight, and America’s Natural Gas Boom

I believe the President is absolutely sincere when his surrogates advise Israeli officials that, as The New York Times of June 7th described it, they...

June 4, 2012 4:42 pm

Drones in Pakistan, Teacher’s Unions, Syria, and John Edwards

Last week, there really were a lot of controversial subjects covered by the media, and I had an opinion on all of them.  I...

May 14, 2012 3:40 pm

Child Abuse in the Hasidic Community and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office

The crime of sexually abusing a child, including adolescents and teens, is so heinous that the public is immediately shocked and angered.  For a number...

May 8, 2012 12:02 pm

Israel Needs Consensus in Response to Apocalyptic Event Threatening its Survival

The issue of how to deal with the threat of Iran manufacturing a nuclear bomb is a matter affecting Israel's very existence and, therefore, a...

May 1, 2012 9:07 am

The Death Penalty Option: I Support It

A New York Times editorial on April 27 continued the paper's ongoing campaign over the years to end the death penalty in the United States. The...

April 23, 2012 11:25 am

Money is Corrupting Our Elections and it Can Be Stopped

On April 14th The New York Times published an editorial discussing the efforts and direction of a newly-formed committee, "New York Leadership for...

April 17, 2012 5:03 pm

It is Time to Reexamine Welfare Reform in America

The New York Times of April 7th had a magnificent, several-pages-long article on the effect the change in welfare programs throughout the nation has...

April 10, 2012 11:31 am

Tom Friedman’s Skewed Vision of Non-Violence

In an April 4th New York Times op ed article, Tom Friedman endorsed what he designated to be "non-violent resistance by Palestinians" against Israel.  He...


Bob Dylan Discusses Jewish Identity in Lost Interviews Up for Auction

Lost-long interviews with legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan that are going up for auction...

Actor Oscar Isaac in Talks to Play Jewish Superhero in New Marvel, Disney+ Series

"Star Wars" actor Oscar Isaac is in negotiations to take on the title...


Why the UAE Wants Israeli Help to Secure Its Food Supplies - Food security is emerging as a key area in which the United Arab Emirates is eager for Israeli...

Young Global Jewry at Forefront of Fight Against COVID-19

Masa Israel Journey, a leader in immersive international experiences in Israel founded by the Jewish Agency and government of Israel,...

Checking in on COVID-19 and Jewish Seniors - As America’s battle with the novel coronavirus has raged on, America’s Jewish community has suffered its share of...


‘Outrageous’ Twitter Boss Dorsey Condemned by US Jewish Leaders...

US Jewish leaders issued a stinging condemnation of Twitter boss Jack Dorsey on Thursday, following his statement the previous day...


US to Allow Jerusalem-Born Americans to List Israel as Birthplace, Pompeo S...

American citizens born in Jerusalem will now be able to list Israel as their birthplace on their passports, US Secretary of State...

Middle East

White House Moves Forward With Sale of 50 F-35 Jets to UAE: Sources

The Trump administration notified Congress it intends to sell 50 Lockheed Martin F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates for about $10 billion, sources said on Thursday, setting up a...

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