Jerry Finkelstein, the Democratic power player who had a wide-ranging career in business, real estate and newspapers, died at age 96. Finkelstein’s media holdings included The New York Law Journal and The Hill.
Finkelstein, who ran the mayoral campaigns of Robert Wagner and John Lindsay and raised funds for Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, bought the Law Journal in 1963 and in turning it into a leading legal journal, made it a huge source of his political influence, wrote The New York Times. In 1994, he helped found The Hill, which provides coverage of Congress.
He was succeeded in his publishing interests by one of his two sons, James Finkelstein, who is chairman of Prometheus Global Media, parent of Adweek as well as Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter.
In addition to his son James Finkelstein, Jerry Finkelstein was succeeded by another son, Andrew Stein; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.