Basil Paterson
American politician
Basil Paterson
Basil Alexander Paterson, a labor lawyer, is a longtime political leader in New York and Harlem and father of the 55th Governor of New York, David Paterson. His mother was Jamaican, his father Grenadian.
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Base of black political power shifts from Harlem - Crain's New York Business
Google News - over 5 years
But the Brooklyn trio admire Harlem's political pioneers, notably Mr. Rangel, former mayor David Dinkins, former New York Secretary of State (and father to a governor) Basil Paterson, and the late Percy Sutton, who was a Manhattan borough president
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Trying Times for the Father of a Governor Under Fire
NYTimes - almost 7 years
It has not been easy being David A. Paterson the last several weeks. He was hounded into abandoning an election bid to remain governor because of accusations his administration interfered in a domestic abuse case against a senior aide, has been accused of perjury in a separate ethics case and has fended off demands that he resign. It has not been
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A Scandal Scars a Piece of Harlem History
NYTimes - almost 7 years
David A Paterson was the great hope of Harlem's Gang of Four. He was the instrument by which an extraordinary political quartet nurtured since professional infancy by the legendary Democratic leader J. Raymond Jones would impart their legacy to a younger generation of New York politicians. That hope died with a thud on Friday. David Paterson's fall
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BOOKSHELF; Art Form's Pioneer; Achievers' Incubator
NYTimes - about 7 years
Max Neuhaus died a year ago, but his voice still reverberates in Times Square. It is, as he once described it, a sonorous, harmonic tone resembling the after-ring of large bells. It arises from beneath a subway grating where he installed a ''sound sculpture'' in 1977, when Times Square was a very different place. Many passers-by dismiss the
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Tributes to a Father of Modern Harlem
NYTimes - about 7 years
They filed one after another into Riverside Church, mayors and governors and renowned preachers and musicians, all come to pay their respects to that most unusual product of our nation's history, a son of a former slave who became father to modern Harlem and godfather to generations of black politicians. Percy Ellis Sutton, who died last month at
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Thompson Welcomes Paterson's Backing, but Can It Help?
NYTimes - over 7 years
He is one of the most unpopular New York governors in a long time, if recent surveys are to be believed. He is viewed as such a liability that those same surveys say two-thirds of the state's Democrats prefer that he not run for a full term next year. But when it comes to political endorsements, Gov. David A. Paterson's word still counts for
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Welcome to the Family Business?
NYTimes - about 8 years
Acrobats and undertakers don't have this problem. When they want to go into the family business, no one cries nepotism. People accept that a brother catches the Flying Wallenda who swings off the trapeze. That a father teaches the son to put cosmetics on the corpse. Politics is a little different. Here our bent noses catch nepotism's whiff. Here we
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Corrections
NYTimes - over 8 years
An article on Saturday about the resignation of Charles J. O'Byrne, the top aide to Gov. David A. Paterson, following revelations that he had failed to pay his income taxes for five years misidentified, in some copies, the offices once held by Mr. Paterson's father, Basil Paterson. The elder Mr. Paterson is a former state senator and New York
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Paterson Aide Quits in Furor Over His Taxes
NYTimes - over 8 years
Gov. David A. Paterson's top aide resigned on Friday, stripping the governor of his right-hand man just as he prepares to tackle a worsening fiscal crisis that could make or break his first term. The resignation of the aide, Charles J. O'Byrne, came a week after revelations that he had failed to pay his federal and state income taxes for five years
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PUBLIC LIVES; No Bed of Roses for a Sudden First Lady
NYTimes - over 8 years
ASKED to identify which items in the generic East Side office designated for the spouse of the governor of New York actually radiate her personal decorative karma, Michelle Paige Paterson, 47, takes a cursory assessment. She then shrugs her slim shoulders in a silent yet succinct expression of negativity. ''Nothing except me,'' she says, nervous at
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Corrections: For the Record
NYTimes - almost 9 years
An article in some editions on Saturday about a decision by Basil Paterson -- a powerful union lawyer and the father of David A. Paterson, New York's governor -- to seek the advice of a state ethics commission on avoiding potential conflicts of interest referred incorrectly to a bill that was supported by the president of the New York City
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Governor And Father Seek Advice Of Ethicists
NYTimes - almost 9 years
Gov. David A. Paterson's father, a well-connected and powerful union lawyer, has decided to seek the advice of a state ethics commission on avoiding potential conflicts of interest. Governor Paterson and his father, Basil A. Paterson, had until Friday declined the offer of the state's Commission on Public Integrity to give its opinion, deciding
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Studying the Political Footprints Of New York's Governor-to-Be
NYTimes - almost 9 years
On Monday, through a twist that few could have foreseen, Lt. Gov. David A. Paterson will be sworn in as the 55th governor of New York -- an accidental governor thrust into a position of extraordinary power by the sudden, gaudy downfall of his former running mate, Eliot Spitzer. His rise from relative obscurity to center stage has come with
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Paterson & Son, Offices In Harlem and Albany
NYTimes - about 10 years
In 1970, just after New York Democrats designated their statewide ticket, Daniel O'Connell, the venerable party boss of Albany County, was said to have groused that virtually all the candidates were Jewish. He ticked off their names: Ottinger, Goldberg, Walinsky. Then he came to the choice for lieutenant governor, Basil A. Paterson. ''He's the only
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Spitzer Names Harlem Senator To His Ticket
NYTimes - about 11 years
Attorney General Eliot Spitzer has chosen David A. Paterson, a powerful Harlem state senator, to be his running mate in the 2006 governor's race, advisers to Mr. Spitzer said yesterday. But the selection stunned and angered some influential black Democrats, who had favored another candidate and had not been consulted on the choice. After
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As Political Lions Go Gray, Harlem Wanes as Center of Power
NYTimes - about 14 years
For decades, they served as the fulcrum of black political power in New York. If a black candidate for citywide or statewide office were to emerge, chances are the candidate came from their ranks -- or did not advance without their approval. Indeed, they converted to reality from dream the very idea of a black mayor, and made one of their number
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City Drops Suit to Recover Cost of Strike That Wasn't
NYTimes - about 14 years
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced yesterday that the city was dropping its lawsuit against the transit workers' union for the $5 million that he said the city spent preparing for a transit strike. The city filed the lawsuit on Dec. 12, four days before the strike deadline, asserting that the union representing 34,000 subway and bus workers
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M.T.A. to Pay Higher Share Of Benefits
NYTimes - about 14 years
Details released yesterday about the transit settlement reveal that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority agreed to pay more than $600 million in increased wages and benefits over three years, translating into a 4.5 percent annual increase in compensation. A huge increase in the authority's contributions for health coverage largely explains why
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Making Roommates of Perfect Strangers
NYTimes - over 16 years
AT Roommate Finders, an apartment referral service, the on-hold telephone tune is the bouncy theme from ''The Odd Couple.'' ''Sometimes we have people come in and say, 'I don't want any Felix Unger types,' '' said Michael Santomauro, the company's founder, speaking about the nit-picky neat-freak from the old television show. ''They'll say: 'I'm a
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NEWS SUMMARY
NYTimes - almost 18 years
INTERNATIONAL A3-9 U.S. Threatens Air Strikes, But Timing Is Uncertain The Clinton Administration publicly pushed the threat of air strikes against Serbia, but officials said they hoped to avoid military action with another week of diplomacy. Pentagon officials testified that Yugoslav air defenses were formidable, that the terrain in Serbia and
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2006
    Age 80
    Paterson is the father of former New York Governor David Paterson, who was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2006 on a ticket with Gov. Eliot Spitzer. David Paterson succeeded to the governor's office upon Spitzer's resignation on March 17, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details When his son became lieutenant governor, Basil Paterson said that fact may actually "get in the way" of his livelihood as a negotiator and lawyer for the Hospital Workers and Teamsters unions.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1979
    Age 53
    He stepped down as deputy mayor in 1979 to become Secretary of State of New York, the first black person in the post, and served until the end of the Hugh Carey administration in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details Currently, Paterson is a member of the law firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., where he is co-chair of the firm's labor law practice.
  • 1978
    Age 52
    In 1978, Paterson was appointed as a Deputy Mayor of New York City by then Mayor Ed Koch.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1970
    Age 44
    He gave up his Senate seat in 1970 to run for Lieutenant Governor of New York, as the running mate of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg.
    More Details Hide Details The Goldberg/Paterson ticket lost to the Republican ticket of incumbent Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and Lt. Gov. Malcolm Wilson.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1965
    Age 39
    In 1965, Paterson was elected to the New York State Senate representing the Upper West Side of New York City and Harlem.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1951
    Age 25
    He was later admitted to St. John's Law School, where he received a Juris Doctor degree in 1951.
    More Details Hide Details Paterson became involved in Democratic politics in Harlem in the 1950s and 1960s. A member of the "Gang of Four" – with former New York Mayor David Dinkins, former Manhattan Borough President Percy Sutton, and Congressman Charles Rangel – Paterson has been a leader of the "Harlem Clubhouse", which has dominated Harlem politics since the 1960s.
  • 1947
    Age 21
    While there he was very active in social and community service organizations, among them the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity., joining the ranks of the Omicron chapter of New York (now at Columbia University) in 1947.
    More Details Hide Details Paterson graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology in 1948.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1926
    Age 0
    Born in 1926.
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