Controversy Continues As Goldberg Returns As North Castle Administrator

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The North Castle Town Board, led by Supervisor Michael Schiliro, rehired Joan Goldberg as town administrator a  few weeks after she was fired.
The North Castle Town Board, led by Supervisor Michael Schiliro, rehired Joan Goldberg as town administrator a few weeks after she was fired. Photo Credit: File Photo

ARMONK, N.Y. -- Just when Joan Goldberg thought she was out, the town of North Castle pulled her back in.

Goldberg was rehired as town administrator by the new town board a few weeks after the outgoing town board abruptly fired her.

The new town board voted 4-0 to rehire Goldberg.

Goldberg's firing in December came amid allegations of employee misconduct, which Goldberg denied. In the wake of Goldberg's rehiring, comptroller Faith Berland resigned and is filing a lawsuit against the town and Goldberg.

Berland claimed she resigned because new town supervisor Michael Schiliro did not reappoint her and Schiliro claimed he was unaware of her harassment complaints.

While Schiliro did not respond to multiple requests for comment to The Daily Voice, at the meeting, he said the town had conducted two investigations and found no evidence of misconduct.  

Jason Berland, Faith Berland's husband and lawyer, isn't buying Schiliro's explanation. 

"My wife could not work for Joan Goldberg," Berland said. "She was pushed out. It was clear that if he's bringing Joan back than he doesn't value her. She couldn't be there anymore." 

Berland said Schiliro rushed through his investigation and that he did not talk to the people who had complained of Goldberg's misconduct.

"This reeked of political corruption," Berland said. "This will be further investigated and the truth will come out. They blatantly lied. This is ugly politics at its worst."

Berland said Schiliro has made it clear the rules don't apply to Goldberg.

"She does what she wants regardless of consequences," Berland said. "The town will have some real explaining to do. It's going to get worse before it gets better."

Berland said he does not have a political agenda and this is nothing personal against Schiliro.

"This is politics by Mike and and his cronies to make [former supervisor] Howard Arden look bad," Berland said. "My client, my wife, is not political. She just wanted to do her job and do it well."

Goldberg's job carries a two-year contract at a salary of $135,000 a year. Berland was hired as town comptroller in Sept. 2012 at a salary of $80,000 a year. 

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