PHOTOS: Ed Koch Funeral

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   Feb. 4, 2013 at 3:34 PM   |   0 comments

Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Former New York City mayor Ed Koch's funeral was held Monday at Temple Emanu-El on 5th Avenue. He died Friday of congestive heart failure at age 88.
Pallbearers carry the coffin of former New York City Mayor Edward Koch to a hearse following his funeral at Temple Emanu-El in New York City on February 4, 2013. Koch died Friday of congestive heart failure at age 88. (File/UPI/Dennis Van Tine)
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Koch was mayor of NYC from 1978 to 1989, when the city was recovering from a fiscal crisis that led to near-bankruptcy. The controversial Koch ran on "law and order," and once elected cut costs and balanced the city budget. "He restored the arc of our city's history," mayor Michael Bloomberg said at the funeral. "Thanks to him we became great again."

Current New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former New York City Mayors Rudolph Giuliani and David Dinkins exit Temple Emanu-El after the funeral of former New York City Mayor Edward Koch in New York City on February 4, 2013. Koch died Friday of congestive heart failure at age 88. (File/UPI/Dennis Van Tine)
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Former President Bill Clinton, who served as a representative for President Barack Obama at the funeral, said of Koch, "He had a big brain. But he had a bigger heart."

Pallbearers carry the coffin of former New York City Mayor Edward Koch to a hearse following his funeral at Temple Emanu-El in New York City on February 4, 2013. Koch died Friday of congestive heart failure at age 88. (FileUPI/Dennis Van Tine)
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Helicopters circled over the funeral as New York City Police stood in attendance along with celebrities and politicians.

Former New York City David Dinkins enters Temple Emanu-El for the funeral of former New York City Mayor Edward Koch in New York City on February 4, 2013. Koch died Friday of congestive heart failure at age 88. (File/UPI/Dennis Van Tine)
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