Tag Archives: RIP

Mayor Ed Koch

1 Feb

It’s being reported that former New York City Mayor Ed Koch died this morning at the age of 88 from congestive heart failure. Koch served as Mayor from 1978 until 1989 and quite literally helped save the city from the brink of financial ruin, helped to restore its greatness, and reversed years of decline. 

Koch was a tough-as-nails political centrist who suffered no fools, and always remembered who he was and why he was there – his signature quip was to greet people with a “how’m I doing?” 

While Giuliani is remembered as “America’s mayor” thanks to his leadership during 9/11 at the end of his term, and because of his focus on quality of life crimes, he famously got rid of the squeegee guys and the panhandlers, but Koch was always New York’s mayor. A mensch. 

Thanks, Mayor Koch. 

A Farewell for Mike Miller

1 Sep

MILLER – Michael J. August 27, 2009, of Wheatfield, NY, Executive Director Preservation Buffalo Niagara, son of Rita (Schwendler) Miller and the late Earl; loving brother of Karen (Robert) Smith of Tonawanda, NY, Katie (Chuck) Travis of North Tonawanda, NY, and the beloved uncle to Corey and Sara. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2-7 PM at the Buffalo Central Terminal, 495 Paderewski Drive, where a Memorial Service will he held at 7 PM, with the Rev. Robert J. Fink, officiating. Should friends desire, memorials in Mike’s memory may be made to the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation, PO Box 468, Buffalo, NY 14212. Visit http://www.rhoneyfuneralhome.com, for guest register.

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy 1932 – 2009

26 Aug

I had the privilege of watching the senior Senator from Massachusetts go to battle in the mid-90s against Mitt Romney. It was the toughest race Kennedy had run in a long time, and for a time Romney had pulled even with him the polls. Kennedy fought back, and I had the privilege once of watching him give a rousing speech to followers at an IBEW hall in Waltham.

There is nothing quite like watching Ted Kennedy giving a fire & brimstone-style political speech to union members in a union hall.

Since a mid-60s injury in a plane crash, Kennedy has worked to ensure that every American, regardless of income or ability to pay, is entitled to the incredible quality of health care he received as a member of Congress.

We are now closer than ever to effectively meeting that goal. It is tragic that the Senator will not be around when President Obama signs the bill.

Rest in Peace, Senator. This video is from his last public speech, given exactly one year and a day before his passing.