"He understood the real world. That's why the public attached to him. There was nothing fake about him. Agree or disagree, he was as genuine as they come." — Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
"The world is a less interesting place now that Ed Koch has left us. When times were tough, he was tougher and his resilience, sense of humor and candor made him accessible to his millions of admirers." — New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
"He was a visionary who used his political acumen to bring his dreams to fruition and to blaze a trail wide enough for a generation of New Yorkers to follow." — New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
"The ties between New York and Israel, between the United States and Israel, are as strong as they are today because of towering figures such as Ed Koch." — The Consulate General of Israel in New York.
"He was a tiger, unafraid. He used say, 'Alfonse, I'm a liberal, but a liberal with sanity.' " — Former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D'Amato. "He once said, 'I don't want to leave Manhattan, even when I'm gone. This is my home.' Ed Koch will never leave New York City. He will exist forever in our hearts, and in the millions of lives he touched." — New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.
"New York would not be the safest big city in America today if Ed Koch hadn't spearheaded one of the most important criminal justice reforms in New York City's history as mayor: selecting Criminal Court judges based on merit instead of political connections." — Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.
"We will miss his keen mind, sharp wit and absolute devotion to making a great city the best in the world. While we mourn his loss, we know that the legacy of his mayoralty, his commitment to civil rights and affordable housing, and his civic leadership long after he left City Hall, will live on for generations." — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.
"In many ways Ed Koch never stopped being mayor. He was personally engaged in the issues of the day, including those involving the Police Department, frequently seeking information from us and offering his opinion personally and in writing." — New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
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