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Basil Paterson Remembered at Memorial Service

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Basil Paterson, New York’s first African-American Secretary of State and father of former governor David Paterson, was remembered Thursday evening at a Riverside Church memorial service.

Hundreds of mourners came out to support the family, including Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Paterson is the second of the so-called "Gang of Four" to pass away.

The two surviving members, former Mayor David Dinkins and Rep. Charles Rangel, both spoke at the service.

Paterson was remembered as being charming and honest, and someone who fought hard for teachers, children and the sick.

"I can say on behalf of all 8.4 million people of this city, Basil made up better and stronger," de Blasio said.

"He taught us the original lesson of coalition politics with the Gang of Four, supporting each other, being there for each other," Cuomo said.

"Basil Paterson lived a full and highly successful life," Dinkins said. "His death gives us numerous and powerful reasons to mourn, but his life leaves us so much to celebrate."

"If there was a labor fight, if there was a fight for working people, he was always there," said the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Paterson is survived by his wife and two children, including former Governor David Paterson.

He died April 16 at the age of 87.

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