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Former New York Mayor Ed Koch Dead at 88

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Early Friday morning, former Mayor Edward I. Koch died following a series of hospitalizations. Koch was the mayor of New York for three consecutive terms, from 1978 to 1989. He served on the New York City Council and as a representative for the 17th and 18th Congressional Districts. Koch was graduated from City College and went on to earn a law degree from New York University School of Law.

His tenure as mayor was marked by major accomplishments, including rescuing the city from bankruptcy, cleaning up and rebuilding Times Square, major rebuilding of the South Bronx, preserving the social safety net and keeping taxes reasonably affordable.

Many remember Mayor Koch at his best while marching in the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade, very often dressed in a green sweater. He got along famously with the late John Cardinal O’Connor of New York. In March, 2011, the City Council voted to rename the Queensboro Bridge the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. Koch was a frequent guest on television programs moderated by Charlie Rose.

Late in 2011, Mayors Koch, Dinkins and Bloomberg attended a breakfast held by the Association for a Better New York. Speaking extemporaneously, Koch declared, ” There’s something wrong with a kid who steals a bike going to jail and someone who steals millions paying a fine.” The crowd roared. Koch was best known for stopping people on the street and asking them, “How am I doing?” Invariably, the answer was, “Fine!”

His wit and considerable intellect will be missed by all New Yorkers.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.