Former Mayor David Dinkins isn’t buying the notion that you can only see Harlem’s political clout in the rear-view mirror.
Or that today’s crop of Harlem politicians doesn’t measure up to Dinkins and fellow members of the so-called “Gang of Four” that long dominated Harlem politics. Continue reading
It’s a campaign-kickoff rally straight out of the playbook: festive red-white-and-blue posters, lapel buttons featuring the smiling candidate, a soundtrack of upbeat and strenuously unobjectionable tunes. Continue reading
The so-called “Gang of Four” were black pioneers who ran New York state and the city and put Harlem on the political map. With two blows this week, that empire is in disarray.
Gov. David Paterson says he’s not running for a full term following a scandal over an abuse complaint against his aide. And Rep. Charles Rangel was accused Thursday by the House ethics committee of breaking House rules by accepting corporate money for trips to conferences in the Caribbean. Continue reading
In a rare group interview, the remaining members of the so-called “Gang of Four” appeared Monday night on NY1′s “Road To City Hall” where they discussed the legacy of Harlem politician and entrepreneur Percy Sutton who died over the weekend at the age of 89. NY1′s Michael Scotto filed the following report.
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Former Mayor David Dinkins, Congressman Charles Rangel and Former New York Secretary of State Basil Paterson lived their political lives alongside Percy Sutton. And without him, they say, their careers might not have shaped up the way they did. Continue reading
Basil Paterson enjoys a perk enjoyed by seemingly every prominent Harlem lawmaker — a rent-stabilized apartment in Lenox Terrace.
Despite being a partner at a multimillion-dollar law practice, the governor’s father pays only $868 a month for a two-bedroom apartment on West 135th Street. Gov. Paterson, meanwhile, pays $1,250 a month for a two-bedroom in the same building.
Lenox Terrace, considered Harlem’s premier address when it opened in July 1958, is bounded by 132nd and 135th streets and Fifth Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard.
By Chuck Bennett in NY and Frederic U Ducker in Albany for NY Post
The law firm where Harlem political legend Basil Paterson is a senior partner has become so powerful, it managed to kill a tax proposal backed by his son, the governor, but strongly opposed by the firm’s labor clients.
DAVID DEFIED BASIL AS HE CLIMBED TO THE TOP
Not only did the influential firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein help kill the tax on some types of health insurance — which could have generated $120 million a year for the state by 2010 — it also was credited with steering millions of dollars worth of government contracts and grants to unions over the past year, records show.
Showing no signs of slowing down, the elder Paterson, 83, a former state senator and deputy mayor, is co-chair of the lucrative labor-law practice. He personally represents some of the state’s most powerful unions, including the United Federation of Teachers. Continue reading
Here’s a personal Q & A posed to a mover and shaker in Long Island by LI Confidential. They didn’t ask about his underwear, but they asked him about, among other things, his commutes, guilty pleasures and who impressed them. In this case they spoke to Basil Paterson, Gov. David Paterson’s dad, and member of Meyer, Suozzi, English and Klein: Continue reading