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Jackson Sorry He Slurred New York City

October 13, 1987|Associated Press

NEW YORK — Democratic presidential hopeful Jesse Jackson has apologized to Mayor Edward I. Koch for saying uncomplimentary things about New York City in a television interview.

"I assured him I meant no offense to New York," Jackson told the New York Post in an interview published today. "I don't put down New York. . . . I have too much support in New York."

On a prerecorded segment of "60 Minutes" broadcast Sunday, Jackson was asked if he had ever lived in New York.

"No, wouldn't even try it," he replied.

Why? "Because people steal. There's no sense of neighborhood consciousness and stuff," he said.

In 1984, Jackson called New York "Hymietown," which some perceived as a slur against Jews.

Koch on Sunday accepted Jackson's apology during a 10-minute phone conversation.

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