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Mr. Koch is credited with many major achievements as the Mayor.

Edward Irving Koch was born in the Bronx on December 12, 1924. He served as the 105th Mayor of the City of New York for three terms from 1978 to 1989. In 1989, he ran for a fourth term as Mayor and was defeated by David Dinkins.

Prior to being Mayor, Mr. Koch served for nine years as a Congressman and two years as a member of the City Council. He attended City College of New York from 1941 to 1943. In the last year, he entered the Army where he served with the 104th Infantry Division, receiving two battle stars, and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1946. In that year, he attended New York University Law School, receiving his LLB degree in 1948. He began the practice of law in 1949.

Mr. Koch is credited with many major achievements as the Mayor: First and foremost, he restored fiscal stability to the City of New York, being responsible for placing the City on a GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Practices) balanced budget basis with ten such balanced budgets during his administration. He also restored the spirit of the citizens of the City of New York. In addition, he created the first merit selection system in New York City for the selection of Criminal and Family Court judges, as well as filling interim Civil Court vacancies.

He is currently a partner in the law firm of Robinson Silverman Pearce Aronsohn & Berman. He writes a weekly columns for the Daily News, has his own talk show on WABC 77AM, and appears daily on the television series "The People's Court." Mr. Koch lectures around the country and overseas, his commentaries can be seen internationally on Bloomberg Television, and his movie reviews appear in seven New York Papers.

Mr. Koch is the author of the following books: Mayor, 1984; Politics, 1985; His Eminence And Hizzoner, 1989; All The Best, 1990; Citizen Koch, 1992; Ed Koch On Everything, 1994; and Murder At City Hall, 1995; Murder on Broadway, 1996; and Murder on 34th Street, 1997.

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