For Bill Finch, the commute is much much shorter. The former mayor has been named executive director of the Discovery Museum on Park Avenue. Finch has bounced around a few jobs since he lost a mayoral primary to Joe Ganim in 2015, including a stint in the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo running the New York State Thruway Authority.
Finch is no scientist but he’s certainly a spatial thinker with loads of wonkish ideas and contacts that museum leadership finds appealing. Finch won a seat on the City Council in 1991, the year Joe Ganim was first elected mayor. Finch won a seat in the State Senate in 2000 and won reelection three times before winning the mayoralty in 2007. He won reelection in 2011.
The 2015 mayoral primary was a bruising battle in which Ganim inspired large blocs of black voters opposed to Finch to the polls. Finch has spent most of his time in the Albany area for work returning weekends to spend time with his two young boys. Finch and wife Sonya are in the process of a divorce. Finch is taking the Discovery job to be closer to his children.
CT Post has more on Finch’s Discovery hire.
Former Mayor Bill Finch has been hired to run the Discovery Museum and Planetarium.
Board member Claire Gold, who was on the search committee, and some unnamed sources confirmed that Finch was offered and accepted the position of executive director last week.
Gold said the former mayor and ex-state legislator is “well wired,” which will help with fundraising.
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