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Basil Paterson

Retired politician Basil Paterson, father of New York Gov. David Paterson, waves at his son's swearing-in ceremony March 17, 2008 in Albany.  (credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Memorial Service For Basil Paterson Set For Later This Month At Riverside Church

Paterson died April 17 at the age of 87, just 10 days shy of his birthday.

05/07/2014

Retired politician Basil Paterson, father of New York Gov. David Paterson, waves at his son's swearing-in ceremony March 17, 2008 in Albany.  (credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

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

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’.’

04/17/2014

Former New York City Mayors David Dinkins and Ed Koch at Federal Hall in Lower Manhattan - Jan. 31, 2007 (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

David Dinkins Reflects On Death Of Fellow Former Mayor Ed Koch

“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.”

02/01/2013