Mayor Ed Koch on How He Helped Save New York
In 1978, New York City was crumbling and the leading indicator of America's seemingly irreversible decline. From 1960 to 1980, New York's murder rate tripled. Out-of-control spending had brought the city to the brink of bankruptcy. Then in 1978, Edward Irving Koch became New York's 105th Mayor. A self-proclaimed "liberal with sanity," Koch took on special interests, he put the city’s finances back in order, and showed that it was not only possible to govern but to have fun doing it.