Candidate Says Koch Endorsed Her Before His Death In February

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — City Council Speaker and Democratic mayoral candidate Christine Quinn took a seat at the table Saturday at the weekly luncheon with late Mayor Ed Koch’s inner circle.

As WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported, the tradition has carried on since Koch’s death.

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Quinn said she attended “to give me a bit of a reminder of Mayor Koch and his strong support for me, as we head into the final couple of days.”

Quinn said Koch endorsed her, and as the group of advisers and friends strolled down memory lane, the mayor recalled her last conversation with the former mayor the day before he died – still thinking politics in his famous style.

“And I heard, ‘Get me Quinn’s record – we need to put out a statement,’” Quinn said.

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Quinn said had Koch been alive, the campaign for mayor would have had a lot more laughs.

Koch gathered with those in attendance Saturday – including former city commissioner Peter Aschkenasy, political adviser John LoCicero, spokesman George Arzt, former City Council Finance Committee Chairman Her Berman, and former Brooklyn District Attorney Arnold Kriss.

Koch served as mayor from 1978 until 1989. He died on Feb. 1 at the age of 88.

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