Mayor Dinkins with the “Gang of Four.” Left to Right: Mayor Dinkins, Basil Paterson, Percy Sutton, and Charles Rangel, June 10, 1991.
New York politician Basil Paterson, father of former Gov. David Paterson, died last night at age 87. Paterson was a state senator in the 1960s, and was then appointed by Mayor Ed Koch in 1978 to be a deputy mayor. Under Gov. Hugh Carey he became New York’s first black secretary of state.