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Yorktown’s Comptroller Appointed as Town Administrator in North Castle

Joan Goldberg has been appointed to serve as the town administrator in North Castle at a salary of $135,000, not including benefits.

Yorktown town comptroller Joan Goldberg, who has served the town for the last 16 years, will begin a new job as the first-ever town administrator in North Castle later next month.

North Castle town board members officially made the appointment Tuesday morning, North Castle supervisor Howard Arden's office confirmed to Patch. The announcement comes three months after the majority of Yorktown town board members  in May.

"I wasn't looking to leave Yorktown," said Goldberg, a Mahopac resident. "I enjoyed everything we've accomplished, I enjoyed the people and I still enjoy working in Yorktown."

When the majority of town board members passed a resolution on May 15 to ask for her resignation, Goldberg applied for the position of town comptroller, a position which had been vacant in North Castle for a few months, she said. She was later considered for the town administrator position. 

"The vast majorities of those duties I have already performed for a number of years," Goldberg said. "Now I get the official recognition of the title and the proper salary."

Goldberg, 47, currently makes $110,000 in Yorktown and her new salary as North Castle's town administrator will be $135,000, not including benefits.

Back in May, Yorktown supervisor Michael Grace said Goldberg was not re-appointed when the new board took office in January and it was part of a procedure to ask Goldberg to resign because he wanted to interviewing other candidates for the position. Goldberg remained active in her position of town comptroller while town board member interviewed about eight candidates, including Goldberg.

"It's been a position that has been the focus of a lot of attention over the years," Yorktown supervisor Michael Grace told Patch in May, referring to last year's  that criticized town practices. "It's prudent to look at what our options are for the position."

Following the board's decision to call for her resignation, Goldberg said she was "shocked" at the decision at first and expected there would have been a conversation with her prior the decision. However, she said she "welcomed" the opportunity to tell the board of her accomplishments over the years.

But after the two rounds of candidate interviews in Yorktown were over and no decision was being made, she had two private conversations with Grace about where they stand. He could not give her an answer, she said. 

"It's an opportunity for me," Goldberg said of her new job. "It's exciting. As much as I love Yorktown, this is something I have to do for me."

Yorktown Councilman Nick Bianco, who opposed the resolution asking for her resignation in May, said Goldberg was the most qualified person out of everyone who was interviewed for the Yorktown comptroller position. But he said he was not surprised she had applied for another job. Bianco called Goldberg a "financially smart" person who kept Yorktown's finances in order and the town in good shape.

Goldberg holds a Bachelor's Degree in accounting from Iona College and a Master's Degree in public administration from Merrick College.

Once she begins work in North Castle, she will help town officials with an upcoming state comptroller's audit of the town's finances. As far as her 16 years in Yorktown, Goldberg said she has had a "wonderful time" and had enjoyed working with everyone – town officials, employees and residents.

"I'd like to think I've been the face of openness in Yorktown," she said. "I want to thank the residents of Yorktown because that's who I work for. I've enjoyed my 16 years and I hope it's been to their benefit."

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bertie August 29, 2012 at 12:07 PM
So Michael Grace and the Town Board asked for Goldberg's resignation, and then, according to another newspaper, Grace was surprised when she looked at another job:? He's a very silly man. And Yorktown will miss Goldberg.
Francis T McVetty August 29, 2012 at 05:20 PM
deena, NOT all of us!!!
Plamena Pesheva (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Yorktown supervisor Michael Grace said he was aware Goldberg had been interviewing for another job, but he didn't know of what the status of it was. This is what Grace said this afternoon: "Kudos to her. I wish her the best of luck . It's probably not a bad thing for North Castle and I don't think it's a bad thing for Yorktown. I think she's doing what's best for her. As far as the town is concerned, I had my issued but we'll move forward."
Yorktown Tattler August 29, 2012 at 09:23 PM
I think it's a very bad thing for Yorktown...what were these board members thinking when they canned her after 16 years of meritorious service???
Yorktown Tattler August 29, 2012 at 09:24 PM
This will go down in the books as Grace's Folley...and from my research it looked like he was doing some good things.
Yorktown Tattler August 29, 2012 at 09:26 PM
kudos to the board members who refused to dump Goldberg, Bianco and paganelli. Patel is always clueless, but I am really very surpised at Murphy for joining in the witch hunt. Let's see who they come up with now to replace her.
Yorktown Tattler August 29, 2012 at 09:28 PM
What were the issues with Goldberg? From a past piece I read it sounded like Grace thought she was too good for the job and she probably was.
bertie August 30, 2012 at 12:39 PM
From the Examiner, Aug 27-Sept. 3, 2012: "Grace said Monday Goldberg's apparent new job in North Castle was 'news to me,' noting he hadn't received any contact from any North Castle officials or Goldberg, who reportedly was out of the office this week and could not be reached for comment. "'I don't hold it against her to interview elsewhere. I guess it would have been nice to know she was proceeding in another direction," Grace said. ..." Looks to me that Grace didn't get it. Or is pretending not to get it.
Bill September 02, 2012 at 11:47 PM
"It's probably not a bad thing for North Castle"? What an awful thing to say. What would it have killed him to say "it's a great thing for North Castle and we wish her the best"?
Bill September 02, 2012 at 11:49 PM
So she was supposed to wait until they decided to hire someone else and gave her 2 weeks and THEN start looking? Is he delusional? If they didn't want her to leave, they should have left well enough alone and not asked her to resign so they could interview other people.
Yorktown Town Hall September 03, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Bill, a thorough investigation is being conducted to determine if the supervisor or any of the councilman were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the vote to ask for Ms. Goldberg's resignation, or if their defects are congenital, such as fetal alcohol syndrome.
bertie September 03, 2012 at 11:52 AM
This is satire, right?
Yorktown Town Hall September 03, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Sadly, no. It's only funny cause it's true. The Town Board doesn't give JG the courtesy of a heads-up on the resignation vote, not even putting it on the public TB agenda and is then shocked that she pursued other opportunities? "I guess it would have been nice to know that she was moving in a different direction." - Michael Grace I'm going with the board was drunk, forgot open meeting law and has repressed the memory of the vote until the issue came back in the form of news of JG's exciting new opportunity in North Castle. Would you have given the board a heads up on your new job after what transpired? There are a couple other positions the board never re-appointed when the Grace administration took office. We should continue to see the town attorney's office kowtow and remain continue to be in complete and total agreement with every issue this administration champions. Otherwise she may end up on the receiving end of an after-midnight, unpublicized resignation vote. But that's merely hearsay and conjecture, unlike the thorough investigation referenced above.
bertie September 03, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Quite frankly, I wouldn't want to work for this town at all. I'm not seeing action based on the benefit of the taxpayers/citizens, but I am seeing what invested power or control can do to otherwise rational people.
Yorktown Citizen for Responsible Action September 03, 2012 at 08:53 PM
I have just returned from a trip to Germany where you see the results seventy years later of a despotic leader who was not elected by a majority of the people who thought he knew best and forced his insane ideas on his constituents. Additionally and most importantly the people who should have all voted didn't- and by the time the sane people decided to voice their opinions and do something it was too late. It's past time to let your voices be heard in Yorktown- and make sure that the best interest of us taxpayers is being represented. Come to twon board meetings and make sure that we aren't being deceived- Who knows who the new controller will represent?
Bill September 04, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Why? Are you implying that Murphy isn't also clueless?
Yorktown Town Hall September 05, 2012 at 12:27 PM
I'm just catching up from vacation and noticed at the end of an Examiner article that Ms Goldberg is owed $80,000 in unused vacation and sick time from Yorktown taxpayers Regardless how you feel about her departure, that is an astounding sum. It's no wonder that private companies stopped rolling over sick and action days long ago. It is about time the town board adopt a use it or lose it policy regarding such pay. Let me repeat: eighty thousand dollars! http://www.theexaminernews.com/former-supervisor-questions-lone-interview-of-goldberg/
bertie September 05, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Well, according to that same "Examiner" article, Yorktown is having a problem finding someone to replace Goldberg. Good work, guys on the TB ! I agree with the "use it or lose it" policy, but it would add up to the same amount, wouldn't it?
Yorktown Town Hall September 05, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Correct. But we'd take a couple thousand dollar hit once a year(or not, if they don't use it). As opposed to 80K all at once.
bertie September 05, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Maybe a small issue, compared to other issues...but I'd agree that a look at all personnel policies for the town need to be reviewed, say, every decade?

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