ALBANY -- Basil A. Paterson, the father of former Gov. David A. Paterson and one of the pioneering lions of Harlem politics, died Wednesday night, according to a spokesman for his son.
He was 87.
"Basil was well known throughout the community as a man of action, as someone who set his mind to accomplishments and always met those goals," the former governor said in a statement. "He was a selfless leader and he dedicated his life to making sure others' lives were better. Throughout his life, he was known as a pillar of strength by so many throughout New York. For that, we know he was grateful."