Community remembers Basil Paterson

AmNews Staff Reports | 4/17/2014, 10:51 a.m.
Black leaders, politicians and community members remember Basil Patterson, former secretary of state, NYC Deputy Mayor Basil Patterson
Basil Paterson

Eric Adams

Eric Adams

4/17/14: Statement from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

“Brooklyn mourns the tragic passing of former Deputy Mayor Basil Paterson. I had the pleasure of knowing this legend of African-American politics, who along with his colleagues in the ‘Gang of Four’ made it possible for a new generation of leaders, including myself, to serve their communities. Basil was a proud Caribbean-American, a respected veteran of the United States Army during World War II and a model public servant. I send my condolences to his family to former Governor David Paterson, the entire Paterson family and all those who cared for Basil."

Andrew Cuomo

Andrew Cuomo

4/17/14: Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on the passing of Basil Paterson

“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. From his service in the U.S. Army during World War II to breaking barriers to become New York's first African-American Secretary of State, Basil Paterson put his commitment to this State and our nation first. His legacy inspired a new generation of talented public leadership, a legacy his son Governor David Paterson carried on as Governor. Basil's spirit will forever be felt in the neighborhoods of Harlem, a community he loved, fought tirelessly for, and called home. We mourn his passing, and on behalf of all New Yorkers, I send my thoughts and prayers to Governor David Paterson and Basil's entire family.”

Thomas DiNapoli

Thomas DiNapoli

4/17/14: Statement from New York State Comproller Thomas DiNapoli

“Basil Paterson devoted his life to his family and his family included all New Yorkers. He was a pioneer, who came from Harlem to blaze a trail for African Americans in politics across the country. He was a powerful advocate for justice, whose example spurred on the many men and women who have followed in his footsteps. Our thoughts and prayers are with Governor David Paterson and the Paterson family as we mourn the loss of a great leader.”

4/17/14: Statement from Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

I am saddened by the passing of Basil Paterson, a man of great integrity and deep passion for public service. Basil will long be remembered for his unwavering dedication to advancing civil rights and improving the lives of working men and women. He was a true statesman, a distinguished public servant and well-respected in his community and throughout New York State. On behalf of the New York State Assembly, I extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to Basil’s wife Portia, his son, former Governor David Paterson and the rest of the family for their loss.


Malcolm Smith

4/17/14: Statement from State Senator Malcolm Smith

"I was deeply saddened today to hear of the death of my colleague and good friend Basil Paterson, a trailblazer for African-Americans in politics and someone who will not be forgotten. I always enjoyed our time together. Basil was a dedicated man of action who devoted his life to improving the lives of others. My thoughts and prayers are with the Paterson family during this difficult time, particularly former Governor David Paterson, who is a close personal friend of mine."