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Mr. Artz says Mr. Koch has praised the chocolate milkshakes at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital as delicious, but not worth the hospital stay.

The outspoken Democrat has also been known to serve up his opinions as a movie reviewer and a judge on “The People’s Court.”

Mr. Artz says the 88-year-old Mr. Koch has been told he’ll have to limit his salt intake.

*#8226; From wire dispatches and staff reports