Stanley Fink

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Stanley Fink
116th Speaker of the New York State Assembly
In office
January 2, 1979 – December 31, 1986
GovernorHugh Carey
Mario Cuomo
Preceded byStanley Steingut
Succeeded byMel Miller
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the 39th district
In office
January 8, 1969 – December 31, 1986
Preceded byLeonard E. Yoswein
Succeeded byAnthony J. Genovesi
Personal details
BornFebruary 6, 1936
Brooklyn, New York
DiedApril 3, 1997(1997-04-03) (aged 61)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political partyDemocratic
EducationBrooklyn College (BA)
New York University School of Law (JD)

Stanley Fink (February 6, 1936 – March 4, 1997) was an American lawyer and politician.


Fink was born on February 6, 1936, in Brooklyn, New York City. He attended New Utrecht High School. He graduated from Brooklyn College in 1956, and from New York University School of Law in 1959. He then joined the U.S. Air Force, serving in England as a second lieutenant with the Judge Advocate General's office. He was discharged in 1962 as a captain. He returned to Brooklyn, where he practiced law and entered politics as a Democrat. He married Judith, and they had two sons: Marcus Fink and Keith Fink.

In 1968, Fink was appointed as chief counsel to the Assembly's Committee on Mental Hygiene. He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1969 to 1986, sitting in the 178th, 179th, 180th, 181st, 182nd, 183rd, 184th, 185th and 186th New York State Legislatures. He was Majority Leader in 1977 and 1978; and Speaker from 1979 to 1986.

In 1986, he decided not to seek re-election, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family and earn more money in the private sector. He joined Bower & Gardner, a Manhattan law firm, and was senior vice president for regulatory and Government affairs for NYNEX at the time of his death.

He died on March 4, 1997, in Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, of heart failure. He had been in failing health since late January when he underwent surgery for a recurrence of cancer. He was buried at the Mt. Ararat Cemetery on Long Island.


New York State Assembly
Preceded by
Leonard E. Yoswein
New York State Assembly
39th District

Succeeded by
Anthony J. Genovesi
Political offices
Preceded by
Albert H. Blumenthal
Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Daniel B. Walsh
Preceded by
Stanley Steingut
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Mel Miller