Ed Koch Of The Walk In New Yawk -- Its Mayor, A Major Player -- Memorialized


Police officers carried his casket to the strains of "New York, New York" and the applause of thousands of gloved hands Monday and former president Bill Clinton praised him as a man with "a big brain but ..a bigger heart."

"We're doing a lot better because you lived and served," said Clinton. Koch died Friday at 88.

Koch's service drew a full complement of New York politicians, mayors,governors, senators and congressmen, past, present and presumably future. "Everyone is here," said the city's Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The crowd for his funeral filled the 2,500-seat Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue, where Koch's plain wooden casket was flanked by an honor guard from police, fire and other agencies.

Bloomberg said Koch "was as genuine a politician as America has ever seen," and praised his "intelligence, his honesty and his independence."