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North Salem Settles Discrimination Suit Filed By Former Court Clerk

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The town has reached a settlement with the estate of Patricia Lee Rubino. Rubino died from cancer in 2016, a year after she was let go from her position as court clerk. Credits: File
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NORTH SALEM, N.Y.-The Town Board has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by the estate of a court clerk in which she claimed she was discriminated against and not reappointed in 2015 due to medical issues she was facing.

The months-long legal dispute ended Tuesday, Jan. 23, when the Town Board voted to pay $125,000 to the estate of Patricia Lee Rubino.

Supervisor Warren Lucas said the expenditure would be completely covered by the town’s insurer.

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Rubino died on June 21, 2016, at age 55. The complaint against the town was filed in federal court on June 19, 2017, by Craig Penn, the attorney for her estate.

Penn declined to comment on the settlement and said the family was not interested in speaking with the media. Town officials also declined to say more about the settlement at the Town Board meeting on Jan. 23.

Rubino, of Danbury, Conn., had served as a court clerk in North Salem for nearly 10 years when she was notified by letter on Dec. 22, 2015, that she was not being reappointed to her position.

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