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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
Daniel
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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