Paterson died April 17 at the age of 87, just 10 days shy of his birthday.
The Democrat served as a state senator, deputy New York City mayor and New York’s first black secretary of state. He was part of the influential “Gang of Four’.’
“Shock, frankly, all though I knew that Ed was not well and I knew that we has in intensive care. Still, I was not quite prepared for that,” Dinkins said. “He seems to be indestructible. I thought he’d go on forever.”