Trusts & Estates

Bryan Cave legal secretary gains $100K, thanks to Ed Koch

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch has bequeathed $100,000 to his longtime secretary.

Mary Garrigan, now 63, began working with Koch in his congressional office in 1975. She remained with him as he governed New York and when he joined the Manhattan law firm Bryan Cave, the New York Times reports. She is the only person not related to Koch who was named in his will, according to the Times and the New York Daily News.

George Arzt, Koch’s former press secretary, told the Times that Koch trusted Garrigan more than any other person on his staff. “She knew everything and she never spoke about anything,” Arzt said. The Times describes Garrigan as Koch’s “fiercely loyal and unwaveringly discreet personal secretary for nearly 40 years.”

Garrigan continues to work at Bryan Cave. Koch died on Feb. 1 at the age of 88. A lawyer for Koch’s estate estimates it is worth $10.5 million to $11 million, the stories say.

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