Harlem politician Basil Paterson dead

Harlem politician Basil Paterson dead

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Basil Paterson, father of New York Gov. David Paterson, receives his ballot before voting, in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Basil Paterson, father of New York Gov. David Paterson, receives his ballot before voting, in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Basil Paterson, the father of former New York Governor David Paterson, has died.

The trailblazing Democratic politician from Harlem  passed away Wednesday night at the age of 87.

He served in the state Senate, as deputy mayor of New York City, secretary of state of New York and was appointed by the New York Senate as a commissioner of the Port Authority of NY and NJ.

In 1970, he ran for lieutenant governor, the second black nominee of a major party for statewide office in New York.

David Paterson released a statement saying his father was well known throughout the community as a man of action.

NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo said: ""Basil Paterson exemplified a model of public leadership, serving the people of New York with integrity and dedication to make this State a better place. New York will miss him."

No cause of death has been announced and funeral arrangements were pending.
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