Ed Koch, who left office but never left

Briefing: Koch. (Daniel J Torres via flickr)
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In his last days, as in his prime, Ed Koch was at the center of attention in New York.

The three-term mayor who oversaw New York City's recovery  in the 1970s and remained a fixture in political and media circles since leaving office at the end of 1989 died this morning. He was 88 years old.

Koch's death coincides with the release of a new documentary about his mayoralty, which lasted from 1978 to 1989. Because of his failing health, Koch was unable to attend the premiere.

Beyond the movie, this week will be studded with tributes to his service, and reexaminations of it.

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Bob McFadden writes, in a grand Times obit, "By the usual standards of measuring a former mayor’s legacy—the city he inherited, the challenges he faced, the resources available to meet those challenges and the extent to which his work endured beyond his term—historians and political experts generally give Mr. Koch mixed-to-good reviews."

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"How'm I doing?" — Ed Koch

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Ed Koch's obituary. [New York Times]

Koch's monologue on "Saturday Night Live." [New York Post]

The cause of Koch's death was congestive heart failure. [Daily News]

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Transportation advocates are advocating, gently, for Tom Prendergast to take over the M.T.A. [Dana Rubinstein]

Adolfo Carrion Jr. blames the "out of touch" leadership of the teachers union for the teacher evaluation breakdown. [Azi Paybarah]

Events

"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City." @nygovCuomo

8 a.m. U.F.T. president Michael Mulgrew and New York City Central Labor Council president Vincent Alvarez speak discuss the "Assault on Labor" at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition breakfast, at the Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th Street in Manhattan. @UFT @CentralLaborNYC @RevJJackson @RPCoalition #WSP2013 #WaronLabor

9:45 a.m. "Minority Media Ownership" is discussed at a panel at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition breakfast, at the Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th Street in Manhattan. @JointCenter @DannyBakewellSr @TheLAsentinel @JosephATorres @NAMICNational #MinorityMedia

10 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at Grand Central Terminal centennial celebration, in their main concourse, 82 East 42nd Street, in Manhattan. @MikeBloomberg @GrandCentralNYC #GCT100

10 a.m. Rep. Dan Maffei hosts a small business roundtable, at Curley's Restaurant, 96 State Street, in Auburn. @RepDanMaffei #NY24 #CNY

10 a.m. On Fred Dicker's show: Republican pollster and strategist John McLaughlin; comedian Randy Credico. It'll stream live here. @Fud31 @Credico2013 #Cuomo #NYgop #NYsafe #Qpoll

10 a.m. On Brian Lehrer's show: Republican mayoral candidate George McDonald; "New Jersey's Iranian Presidential Candidate" Hooshang Amirahmadi. It'll stream live here. @GeorgeTmcDonald @USiran @HAmirahmadi @BrianLehrer #nyc2013 #IranElection

10:30 a.m. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and former M.L.B. pitcher Frankie Rodriguez attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for CPR Cell Phone Repair, at 224B Atlantic Avenue, in Brooklyn. @MartyMarkowitz @BrooklynChamber #CPRphone #Brooklyn

11:30 a.m. City Council Speaker speaks at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Kips Bay Fairway Market, at 550 Second Avenue (at East 30th Street), in Manhattan. @ChriscQuinn @FairwayMarket #KipsBay #Fairway

Noon. Rep. Carolyn Maloney and others hail the passage of Hurricane Sandy relief aid that includes funding for Bellevue Hospital Center's recovery, at Belleveue's main lobby, 462 First Avenue, in Manhattan. @RepMaloney @BradHoylman @BrianKavanaghNY @HHCnyc #BellevueHosp #Sandy

12:30 p.m. Senator Chuck Schumer, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and others speak about the civil rights and economic challenges facing black Americans, at a panel hosted by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition breakfast, at the Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th Street in Manhattan. @ChuckSchumer @RevJJackson @TheRevAl #WSP2013

Saturday

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. City Councilwoman Letitia James, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly will host a gun buy-back event, at the Church of the Open Door, at 201 Gold Street, in Brooklyn. @TishJames @BrookynDA @NYPDNews #guns #DemandaPlan

2013

The Post continues to make the vampire joke about Christine Quinn. [Georgett Roberts and Beth Defalco]

Bill Thompson was the only mayoral candidate protesting at Brooklyn College. [Tara Palmeri]

Unnamed sources said there is still a chance John Liu or one of his top aides could faces charges. [David Seifman]

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An anti-Israel organization brings controversy to Brooklyn College. [Vivian Yee]

The Bloomberg administration and teachers union were negotiating a teacher evaluation deal yesterday. [David Seifman]

Albany

Cuomo presses his case for not letting the legislature pick the locations of casinos. [Erik Kriss]

Washington

Myths about guns. [New York Times]

Media

Quinn's memoir, due out May 14, is ranked #224,697 on Amazon.

Someone is trying to sell the current issue of New York magazine, with the Quinn cover, for $15. [eBay]

A "Women for Bloomberg" button is now selling for $7. [eBay]

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