Edward N. Costikyan
Edward N. Costikyan (September 24, 1924 – June 22, 2012) was a Democratic Party politician who was notable for reforming the Democratic party in New York City. He was also the author of many books and articles on varied topics of public policy and political science.
Early life and education
Costikyan was born in Weehawken, New Jersey on September 24, 1924. By 1940, he and his family (father, Mihran N. Costikyan; mother, Berthe M. Costikyan; and older brother Andrew M. Costikyan) had moved to West 122nd Street in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.
Costikyan was elected chairman of the New York County Democratic Committee in 1962, defeating Carmine DeSapio, and served two years. He was credited for removing Tammany Hall influence, thus reforming the Democratic Party and bringing it into the 20th Century.
- Edward N. Costikyan, Behind closed doors: politics in the public interest (Harcourt Brace 1966).
- Edward N. Costikyan, New Strategies for Regional Cooperation; a Model for the Tri-State New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Area (1973)
- Edward N. Costikyan, How to Win Votes: The Politics of Nineteen Eighty (Harcourt 1980) ISBN 9780151422210.
- Edward N. Costikyan, What Happened To The Body Politic: Can it Be Restored? (Publish America 2005) ISBN 9781413762143.
- Edward N. Costikyan, Commentaries by Edward N. Costikyan: The Luck of the Draw and other essays (peachland books 2006) ISBN 9781413762136.
- Costikyan, Edward (Winter 1992). "Ethnic Politics Lays an Egg". City Journal. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
- Costikyan, Edward (Winter 1994). "Cutting City Government Down to Size". City Journal. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
- Edward N. Costikyan and Maxwell Lehman (October 1980). "The Heavenly city". Harper's. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
Costikyan was married and divorced twice, and had two children.
He was a founder and conductor for the Occasional Oratorio and Orchestral Society.
- Hevesi, Dennis (June 23, 2012). "Edward N. Costikyan, Adviser to New York Politicians, Is Dead at 87". New York Times. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
- "1940 Census". Ancestry.com. April 1, 1940. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
- New York Law School website Advisory Council for the Center for New York City Law Accessed October 8, 2012.