Clinton, Bloomberg to speak at Koch funeral

Ed Koch
Former Mayor Ed Koch (L) is pictured here introducing Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Bloomberg opens his Manhattan campaign office and kicks off his bid for re-election in New York, March 29, 2009. (Reuters)

Today at 11 a.m., city officials, family, friends and fans will gather at Temple Emanu-el at 1 East 65th Street in Manhattan to pay tribute to former Mayor Ed Koch.

Bill Clinton will speak, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg will deliver the eulogy, Capital New York reported.

Former mayors Rudy Giuliani and David Dinkins will also be in attendance.

Live video of the services will be streamed at nyc.gov.

Koch, a three-term mayor of New York City, died on Friday of congestive heart failure, at the age of 88.

The Post reported that the NYPD is prepared to handled thousands of expected attendees at the funeral.

East 65th and 66th streets between Fifth and Madison avenues will be blocked off from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the duration of the funeral, and Fifth Avenue will be closed before and after.

The NYPD has planned a helicopter honor guard to fly over the Emanu-El twice today, when the casket is brought in, and again with it is carried out to be interred at Trinity Cemetery in Washington Heights.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney is pushing to have the 77th Street 6 train station named for Koch, though MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg reportedly told the Post the M.T.A. does not dedicate subway stations.

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