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)

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