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on the west side.

Q:

I just wanted to put in the record here that your reference to Stanley Steingut was the reference to the man who's now Speaker of the Assembly but then would have been majority leader. Is that correct?

Koch:

Correct. He called me. He called me to tell me that they were working on the seats. I got a call from a couple of people at that time. Peter Berle called me to tell me bad news. He was telling me how they were working on this seat river to river. He's no friend, Peter Berle, by the way. And Stanley Steingut called and said, “Oh, yes, Ed, I will do whatever I can for you.” I know that's bull sit. I said, “Oh, thank you, Stanley. I appreciate it.”

Q:

Okay. And it's Albert H. Blumenthal, who then was deputy minority leader and then acceded to the majority leadership post when the Democrats took control of the Assembly.

Koch:

Let me just fill in a story, if I may, about Al Blumenthal. I don't know whether I told you. When I decided that I wasn't going to continue the race for mayor and I dropped out, then I supported Al Blumenthal. This was in the two-stage primary. And I told him I will support him -- he came to my house -- in the first primary, and then if there's a runoff and he were to



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