Updated 12/10/2012 11:40 AM
Former Mayor Ed Koch Leaves Hospital
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Former Mayor Ed Koch is out of the hospital.
Koch was released from New York-Presbyterian Hospital Monday morning.
He had spent the last week being treated for a respiratory infection.
Koch turns 88 on Wednesday and will celebrate with a party at Gracie Mansion.
Speaking to reporters, hKoch said it's important to be with his friends and family.
"But had I not been well enough and the doctor had said to me stay, I would have stayed and we would have made arrangements that I would have telephoned in in some TV way. So the party was gonna go on whether I was alive or dead," Koch said.
The former mayor will also return to his role on "Inside City Hall" Tuesday as one of the NY1 Wiseguys.