Between the tiny electric car he drove inside the state capitol building and the documentary film crew he had in tow, former New York City Mayor Ed Koch more than upheld his showman's reputation on a visit Tuesday to Albany, The New York Times reports.
Koch, 86, also demonstrated a still-sharp tongue: He lit into lawmakers, calling some out by name, for not moving quickly on his pet reform proposals.
Koch’s visual and rhetorical drive-by was on behalf of New York Uprising, a statewide campaign to toughen ethics rules on state legislators and to re-draw legislative districts in a less partisan way.
By the end of the visit, one state senator Koch had sparred with seemed to come around, promising to "pursue" the redistricting proposal.
Koch, his self-image also intact, likened the news to Kennedy making Khruschev blink over missiles in Cuba.
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