Few mayors have matched the bravado, combativeness and egocentricity that New York City’s Ed Koch brought to the office during his three terms from 1978 to 1989. Koch was more than the blunt, funny man New Yorkers either loved or hated. Elected in the 1970s during the city’s fiscal crisis, he was a new Democrat for the dawning Reagan era—fiscally conservative and socially liberal. And he remained politically active to the end (he died in 2013)—still winning the affection of many New Yorkers while driving others to distraction.
Monday, September 22 at 10 p.m.