Hospitalized ex-NYC Mayor Koch keeping tabs on DNC

September 5, 2012 - 3:35 PM
Koch Hospitalized

FILE - In this March 23, 2010 file photo, former New York Mayor Ed Koch speaks during a publicity event in New York. Koch is keeping tabs on the Democratic National Convention while undergoing a battery of hospital tests. A spokesman for the ex-Democratic mayor says Koch might not get out of the hospital Wednesday, as he'd originally hoped. Koch felt weak over the weekend while staying with friends in North Carolina. He was admitted to New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, with anemia. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch (kahch) is keeping tabs on the Democratic National Convention while undergoing a battery of hospital tests.

A spokesman says Koch now expects to be in the hospital until Friday. He had initially hoped to be released Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the 87-year-old Democrat has been fielding calls from New York politicians in Charlotte, N.C.

The spokesman says that when one asked Koch how he was feeling, he replied, "Forget about that. Tell me about the platform."

He's especially interested in issues related to Israel.

Koch felt weak over the weekend while staying with friends in North Carolina.

He was admitted to a hospital Tuesday with anemia.

Koch served three terms as mayor from 1978 to 1989. He's credited with rescuing the city from bankruptcy.