Basil Paterson was appointed secretary of state by

Basil Paterson was appointed secretary of state by then-Gov Hugh Carey in 1978. Paterson's son, future Gov. David Paterson, appeared with him during the announcement. Basil Paterson would later go on to work for Mayor Koch's administration as a deputy mayor. In an oral interview with Koch in the La Guardia and Wagner Archives, the former mayor was asked to comment on this image. "Well, Basil Paterson — there were four people who really were the leaders of Harlem. Everybody acknowledged that. Charlie Rangel, Basil Paterson, David Dinkins and Percy Sutton. They were the leaders." (Credit: Municipal Archives)


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