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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)

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