FBI’s Ed Koch files reveal 1977 smear attempt to paint him as racist

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The FBI has released files on late Mayor Ed Koch.

The papers did not contain any bombshells. They focused primarily on an alleged plot in 1977 to paint Koch as a racist with a forged letter.

It was addressed to Representative Herman Sadillo and made to appear as though Koch said if the city got a black mayor, it would be a ghost town.

The letter was part of a suspected extortion attempt. No one was ever arrested.


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