Bloomberg, Bill Clinton To Eulogize Former Mayor Ed Koch
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch will be eulogized by current Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The funeral service for Koch will be held Monday morning at Temple Emanu-El on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Other speakers at the 11 a.m. service will include former President Bill Clinton, the Consul General of Israel in New York and a representative of the White House.
Three close aides and friends to Koch will also memorialize the former mayor at the funeral service: one-time Chief of Staff Diane Coffee, friend and law partner Jim Gill and long-time mayoral aide John LoCicero.
Per Koch’s request, three flags will be on display during the service – the American flag, the Israeli flag and the flag of the City of New York.
The service will end with the playing of a “hymn-like” slower version of “New York, New York.”
The former mayor will be laid to rest in Trinity Cemetery. He bought a plot at the uptown cemetery a few years ago, saying “I don’t want to leave Manhattan — even when I’m gone.“
His grave stone carries an inscription Koch wrote himself. It reads in part, “He was fiercely proud of his Jewish faith, he fiercely defended the City of New York and he fiercely loved its people.”
The grave stone also includes a quote from slain journalist Daniel Pearl.
Koch had been in and out of the hospital several times in recent months.
He died on Friday of congestive heart failure at the age of 88.
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