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I’m the sort of person who will never get ulcers. Why? Because I say exactly what I think. I’m the sort of person who might give other people ulcers.

Koch was Mayor when I first moved to New York in 1987. I still have a fond remembrance of his voice blasting from NY sanitation vehicles reminding people to obey alternate side street parking rules so the garbage could get picked up.

I was a little snarky in my initial assessment of the Mayor at that time. But as I grew to fit into my New York shoes I also grew to appreciate just how great he was. He was a political pragmatist who cared less about politics than he did about his City and his constituency. A constituency that had nothing to do with party lines and petty politics and everything to do with real, human people.

I wish there were more like him. 

Edward I. Koch, Ex-Mayor of New York, Dies | via NY Times.com