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Koch served as mayor for three terms (1978-89).
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February 4, 2013 Ed Koch was elected mayor of New York City in 1977 by being fresh, honest, optimistic and independent. By the time he lost, in a 1989 bid for a 4th term, voters had tired of corruption and racial tension that had become widespread in the city. Koch died on Friday at age 88.
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New York City Mayor Edward Koch in February 1980.
February 1, 2013 The three-term former mayor, who led the city out of its financial crisis in the late '70s, was 88. Known for asking "hey, how'm I doing?" he was sometimes too candid for his own political good. But when the city needed a lift, he was everywhere. He thought it needed a big personality — his.
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