Oral history interview with Ed Koch

Photo of Ed Koch. Source: La Guardia and Wagner Archives, La Guardia Community College, CUNY.

Audio clip: on the 1977 campaign (3:19)

Audio clip: on Al Sharpton (17:57)

Audio clip: on subway crime (4:27)

Audio clip: on subway graffiti (4:42)

Audio clip: on Ben Ward (3:42)

Oral History details


Oral history interview with Ed Koch, Mayor of New York City from 1978-1989. Topics covered in the interview include the NYPD and its police commissioners; New York City’s fiscal crisis; crime and race; capital punishment; crime in the subways; graffiti; Bernie Goetz and Al Sharpton.

Associated with

Jeffrey Kroessler (interviewer); Larry E. Sullivan (interviewer); Ed Koch (interviewee); Ed Smith (mentioned in); Bernie Goetz (mentioned in); Al Sharpton (mentioned in)


February 29 2008 (interviewed)
April 22 2008 (interviewed)


Koch, Ed, 1924-2013 -- Interviews
New York (N.Y.). Police Department
Crime -- New York (State) -- New York
Police -- New York (State) -- New York

Object identifier




;Jeffrey Kroessler. Justice in New York: An Oral History. Lloyd Sealy Library, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. dc.lib.jjay.cuny.edu.


transcript, 31 leaves;sound recording, 1 sound cassette (46 minutes);sound recording, digital (46 minutes)


Interview audio & transcript copyright John Jay College of Criminal Justice