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Dynasty politics and the celebrity era - New York Daily News

Paterson's father, a former state senator and deputy mayor, was part of the fabled Harlem “Gang of Four” that helped build New York's black political power — a group that included 23-term Rep. Charlie Rangel, former Mayor David Dinkins and former ...

The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce Annual NY City Economic Development Day at Columbia University - Our Time Press

Sharpton attributed much of his activism locally, nationally and internationally to Basil Paterson and his close friends saying it wouldn't have been possible without the “Gang of Four” – Mayor Dinkins, Basil Paterson, Rep. Rangel and Percy Sutton ...

Rep. Charles Rangel talks family, jazz, and his biggest political achievements in Q&A - New York Daily News

Rep. Charges Rangel answers questions from the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce. Harlem Week: Tell me about the origination of the name "Gang of 4," which included you, Percy Sutton, David Dinkins and Basil Paterson. Advertisement.

HARLEM WEEK 2014: Basil Paterson: Political powerhouse - New York Daily News

BASIL ALEXANDER Paterson distinguished himself in the realms of law and politics, and he also knew his way around the kitchen, according to friends and associates who took turns recalling his remarkable life during his memorial service at Riverside ...

Former Gov. David Paterson sunk own company's Port Authority deal to get dad back into politics: lawsuit - New York Daily News

In a federal lawsuit filed in Manhattan Monday, Brian Aryai contends that the short-lived appointment of Basil Paterson was meant to create a conflict of interest that canceled upcoming contracts to monitor compliance on construction projects ...

Paterson back-stabbed partner to cover up PA corruption: suit - New York Post

Ex-Gov. David Paterson sold out a business partner and scuttled efforts to expose corruption at the Port Authority so he could get a seat on the PA board for his late dad, powerhouse Democratic politician Basil Paterson, according to a suit filed today.

David Dinkins on death of Basil Paterson: Harlem's 'Gang of Four is no more' - The Grio

New York City lost one of its most powerful progressive forces Wednesday with the passing of Basil Paterson. As a member of the influential “Gang of Four” Paterson – along with former Mayor David Dinkins, late civil rights activist Percy Sutton, and ...

Basil A. Paterson, power broker in New York politics, dies at 87 - Washington Post

Basil A. Paterson, who for decades was a dominant figure in the political landscapes of Harlem, New York City and New York state, and whose career helped pave the way for younger black leaders including his son, former New York governor David A.

NY political pioneer Basil Paterson dies - Crain's New York Business

"Basil Paterson exemplified a model of public leadership, serving the people of New York with integrity and dedication to make this state a better place," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. "His legacy inspired a new generation of talented public ...

Basil A. Paterson, 87, a Power in Harlem With Statewide Reach, Dies - New York Times

Basil A. Paterson, one of the old-guard Democratic leaders who for decades dominated politics in Harlem and influenced black political power in New York City and the state into the 21st century, when he saw his son David A. Paterson rise to the ...

Basil Paterson, 1926-2014 - New York Post

The smartest and savviest of them all — not to mention the most respected — was Basil Paterson, who died Wednesday just short of his 88th birthday. These days, most New Yorkers remember him as the father of former Gov. David Paterson. But Basil ...

Basil Paterson, Father Of Former Gov. David Paterson, Influential NY Politician Dies At 87 - CBS Local

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Basil Paterson, a longtime New York political powerhouse and the father of former Gov. David Paterson, has died, his family said Thursday. He was 87. Paterson died at 10 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Sinai Hospital, according ...

Basil Paterson, father of former Gov. David Paterson, dead at 87 - New York Daily News

Paterson's son, former Gov. David Paterson, said his father was "a selfless leader" who "dedicated his life to making sure others' lives were better. Throughout his life, he was known as a pillar of strength by so many throughout New York. For that, we ...

Basil Paterson, political trailblazer, dead at 87 - New York Post

Basil Paterson, the father of former Gov. David A. Paterson and a trailblazing Harlem political leader, has died at age 87, according to his family. The former state senator passed away at Mt. Sinai Hospital at 10 p.m. Wednesday. “Basil was well known ...

Basil Paterson, political leader and father of a governor, dies - Albany Times Union

Basil Paterson, the former lieutenant governor candidate, New York City deputy mayor, state secretary of state and father of Gov. David Paterson has died. He was 87. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office released a statement on Paterson's death Thursday morning.

Wake-Up Call: Building it back - New York Daily News (blog)

Basil Paterson, the father for former New York Gov. David Paterson, has died at age 87. He passed away Wednesday night at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, writes our Leslie Larson. As part of the Harlem "Gang of Four" - the political pack that also ...

Basil Paterson, trailblazing New York politician, former Gov. David Paterson's father, dead at 87 - Newsday

Basil Paterson, who lived in Harlem and had most recently worked with the law firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein in Garden City, died at about 10 Wednesday night at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, the spokesman said. He would have turned 88 on ...

Basil Paterson Dead at 87 - New York Observer

Basil Paterson, the longtime Harlem political leader and the father of former Gov. David Paterson, has died, his family announced early Thursday morning. He was 87. The former state senator, deputy mayor and New York's first black Secretary of ...

Dr. King and the Gang of Four - Huffington Post

On the very last airing of my dear friend's radio show “Dialogue with Dinkins” this week, David and I reminisced about the great times when we worked to keep Dr. King's Dream alive as members of 'The Gang of Four'— David Dinkins, Basil Paterson, Percy ...

Brooklyn the new center of black political power in New York City - New York Daily News

But unlike Harlem's "Gang of Four" — the black political coalition that included Rangel and Dinkins along with powerbrokers Percy Sutton and Basil Paterson — this group doesn't want to be viewed as a bloc. In fact, some of them don't even like each ...

Basil Alexander Paterson , a labor lawyer, was a longtime political leader in New York and Harlem and the father of the 55th Governor of New York, David Paterson. His mother was Jamaican, and his father was Carriacouan.

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Basil Paterson as a New York State Senator in 1966.
59th Secretary of State of New York
In office
January 1, 1979 – January 1, 1983
Governor Hugh Carey
Preceded by Mario Cuomo
Succeeded by Gail S. Shaffer
Member of the New York Senate
from the 31st, later the 27th district
In office
January 1, 1966 – January 1, 1971
Preceded by Bernard G. Gordon
Succeeded by Sidney A. von Luther
Personal details
Born Basil Alexander Paterson
(1926-04-27)April 27, 1926
Manhattan, New York City, United States
Died April 16, 2014(2014-04-16) (aged 87)
New York, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Portia Hairston
Children David
Alma mater St. John's University

Basil Alexander Paterson (April 27, 1926 – April 16, 2014), a labor lawyer, was a longtime political leader in New York and Harlem and the father of the 55th Governor of New York, David Paterson. His mother was Jamaican, and his father was Carriacouan.


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