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February 1st, 2013
02:22 PM ET

Koch on being the mayor of NYC: "On my gravestone, I say I fiercely love the people of the City of New York"

With the news that the legendary Ed Koch passed away earlier this morning, tonight at 9 Piers Morgan will roll video of his recent conversation with the late New York City mayor.

Believed to be the final interview that Koch gave, roughly three weeks ago the 88-year-old joined the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host, who asked him about his legacy:

"When you look at your own grave, which is something that very, very few people ever do, Mr. Mayor, what do you think?," asked Morgan.

Drawing a gray line between religion and faith, Koch waxed poetic about life following death:

"I'm secular but I believe in God. I believe in the hereafter," he said. "I believe in reward and punishment. And I expect to be rewarded. God gave me a very good hand to play over my 88 years. I have no regrets."

More than two decades since leaving office, Koch lists his service to his city as his proudest accomplishment:

"I walk down the street, people who were eight years old when I was mayor know me. The motto that I had, 'how am I doing,' everybody knows that. And I first uttered it in 1969," said the man who spent three years running the largest city in the country. "New York, the people have given me so much. On my gravestone, I say I fiercely love the people of the City of New York."

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, then tune in this evening at 9 for more from Ed Koch's final formal conversation.
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