Ed Koch was mayor of New York City for the entirety of 1978 through 1989. He was the city's third three-term mayor. The thing about mayors is they don't actually do all that much, and what they do takes forever to get done, but their personality infects the entire city. "Mr. Koch governs in large part through style, personality and the perception created by his enthusiasm," wrote the Times in 1986. This is true particularly in a three-term mayor and particularly true in hindsight, of course—but any survivor of the endless Bloomberg era would have to agree.
Koch was in Congress from 1969 to 1977, but even then was never [...]