Bold, outspoken and passionate, Ed Koch has been a leader in American politics for more than 40 years. He and NY1 correspondent Budd Mishkin discuss his recent book The Koch Papers: My Fight Against Anti-Semitism, which addresses his leadership in the face of anti-Semitism and his battles with those who engage in unfair attacks on the state of Israel. Koch also discusses politics today, the upcoming election and the future of New York. Koch was mayor of New York City from 1978 to 1989.
The funny, irreverent, and always original Ed Koch discusses New York news and his own identity as a Jewish New Yorker and politician. Koch was mayor of New York for three terms, from 1978 to 1989. He is a partner in the law firm Bryan Cave, LLP, and hosts a call-in program on Bloomberg Radio. New York Times reporter Joseph Berger interviews him.
In his three terms as mayor, Ed Koch brought the city of New York out of bankruptcy, created a renowned housing program, and paved the way to the city's ongoing economic and cultural prosperity. How did he rise from relative obscurity to become an enduring icon of America's largest city?