Remembering Mayor Koch

All of New York is in mourning today as we say goodbye to a great mayor, a great man, and a great friend.

Ed Koch dedicated his life to the five boroughs. He loved this city fiercely and it loved him back.

But he was more than the sum total of his accomplishments. Mayor Koch was larger than life. He stood taller than the bridge that bears his name. His sense of humor and tenacious spirit personified this town. Ed Koch was New York.

He once said, "I don't want to leave Manhattan, even when I'm gone. This is my home." Ed Koch will never leave New York City.  He will exist forever in our hearts, and in the millions of lives he touched.

On behalf of a grateful city, I want to extend my deepest condolences to his family, his friends, and all those who loved him.