Retired Administrator of federally funded job training programs, 38-year career in public service, History Buff devoted to solving historical mysteries.
Jim Finamore is a retired administrator of federally funded job training programs in Buffalo, New York. Earned his graduate degree in Public Administration from the University of Hartford. From 1973 to 2000 he held a variety of administrative jobs in federally funded employment and training services for unemployed and disadvantaged individuals. Most of these programs had their origin in the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act of 1973 (CETA), which was signed into law by President Richard Nixon. In 2000, he was appointed Executive Director of the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board by the County Executive. He served successfully in that position until his retirement in 2012.
Jim's 38-year career in public service brought him into contact with many government agencies at the state and federal level. He also dealt extensively with elected officials at all levels, and with the politics that inevitably accompany government service.
A history buff since his college days, Jim read widely about politicians who practiced their trade in both the 19th and 20th centuries. In recent years he became fascinated by the mysteries surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and consumed many books on that topic. When friends asked him about his plans for retirement, he always said that he wanted to devote his later years to solving a historical mystery.
At the time he was thinking mainly about the Kennedy assassination. But after his retirement, Jim became much more intrigued with the unanswered questions related to the Watergate scandal and how President Nixon was forced out of the office. After reading widely about Watergate and doing extensive research at the National Archives in Washington DC, he concluded that the version of events presented in Len Colodny's "Silent Coup" came closest to the truth. In 2014, he reached out to Mr. Colodny by e-mail to summarize his own thesis about the mystery of the Watergate break-in and the events leading to Nixon's resignation.
That e-mail was the beginning of an active correspondence between the two men and many meetings since then about the unanswered questions that still remain about the "Silent Coup." Since 2014, Jim's interest in the mysteries of the Watergate break-in and its aftermath has intensified and he remains an active student of the subject. He and Len Colodny are still in frequent contact and continue to share newly emerging evidence that will change the way Americans view the story of Watergate.