In a statement released Friday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, who died Friday, "lived, breathed, spoke, and exuded" the city he led for three terms.
“New Yorkers were particularly proud of Mayor Koch because he was so proud of New York. Every atom in his body lived, breathed, spoke, and exuded the city. He helped save the city and, perhaps most important of all, gave it confidence when it was beginning to doubt itself, which helped pave the way for the growth and prosperity we¹re still experiencing today. Every New Yorker will miss Ed Koch, and his towering presence.”