New York’s Edward I. Koch was remembered by mourners as a mayor who restored confidence in the biggest U.S. city’s ability to govern itself and fixed its finances with tough, sometimes uncompromising, policy positions.
About 2,500 attended a funeral for Koch today at Manhattan’s Temple Emanu-El, the city’s largest Reform Jewish synagogue. They heard former President Bill Clinton and Mayor Michael Bloomberg praise him as someone who never stopped caring for the city he led from 1978 to 1989 and who stayed active until his death Feb. 1 at age 88.
The former three-term mayor drew one final standing ovation as his oak casket left the synagogue hoisted on the shoulders of six police officers while an organ played a mournful version of “New York, New York.” A private burial service followed at Trinity Church Cemetery, an Episcopal site in northern Manhattan.
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