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DSNY Commissioner Statement on Passing of Former Mayor Edward I. Koch

February 1,2013 | Vito A. Turso

I know I speak for the entire New York City Department of Sanitation in expressing our deep sadness on the passing of former Mayor Edward I. Koch.  He will be remembered as the Mayor who turned around the Department of Sanitation by rebuilding its aging infrastructure, purchasing new collection trucks, fixing up crumbling garages, and advocating for a cleaner environment. 

But more importantly, he will be remembered as a tireless advocate and supporter of the Department. He knew the importance of maintaining clean and safe streets for a healthy New York City and he understood the significance of providing essential services that New Yorkers and visitors from around the world have come to expect.

We, at the Department of Sanitation, send our sincere condolences to the Koch family and his close friends.  Mayor Koch will always be highly regarded by New York’s Strongest.