New York mayoral candidate Bill Thompson speaks to his supporters after the polls closed Sept. 10.
September 16, 2013 Bill Thompson conceded the New York City mayoral primary to Bill de Blasio, assuring that the Democratic Party will avoid what promised to be an acrimonious intraparty runoff.
Koch served as mayor for three terms (1978-89).
Ken Rudin collection
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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