Report: Township Paid Mayor's Former Aide for Her Silence in Harassment Claim

Newspaper report states Toms River paid $143,000 for silence; mayor denies allegations

A former aide to Toms River's mayor claims that she was sexually harassed and paid $143,300 for her silence, according to an Asbury Park Press report published Friday

Mayor Thomas Kelaher denied the claims made by his former spokeswoman, 41-year-old Angela Santoriello, calling them a "shakedown" scheme by a "disturbed person," the paper reports. 

Township Attorney Kenneth Fitzsimmons told the paper that Santoriello made the harassment complaint the same day she was to be fired after disciplinary issues including tardiness, verbal abuse and using her job title for personal reasons. 

Kelaher denied wrongdoing and told the paper that he wanted to help Santoriello, who worked for the township from 2008 to 2010, following the death of her father. 

The money was paid as a worker' compensation settlement and Santoriello signed confidentiality and non-disparagement agreements, according to the paper. Santoriello said that she came forward with her story now to "tell the truth."

More information is available on the Press website.

OC DEM February 19, 2013 at 02:24 AM
Angela is a liar! She Definetly got paid to talk like this! The mayor is over 80 why would he sdo something with her. Nothing good to look at anyway. Your just sorry you lost your job Angela and milking the cow of wellfare!!
George Schuck February 19, 2013 at 04:51 PM
OC DEM, She may be a liar but think about it, if she was such a terrible employee why did she receive a $6,000 a year raise, the township is very generous in giving raises with the taxpayers money, and then they fired her, and they gave her $148,000 and you see nothing wrong with that? By any chance are you a township employee
Marynary February 19, 2013 at 05:28 PM
I have no dog in this fight. But it seems to me that it is a true government scandal that involves more than one high township official over a period of years. Perhaps a word to define would be "Bimbo" an attractive but stupid young woman, especially one with loose morals. When the party was over it got ugly on both sides. Somebody got "shut up" money. Now the money is all gone.
Jared Hartman October 10, 2013 at 05:41 PM
It never amazes me how many people will make comments on a derogatory level hiding behind "internet brawn". I do not know the truth and was not there , with that said, I have no useful input. Nor do any of you, cowardly remarks make you feel "academic" or "witty"? All the while I feel sorry for you, someone must have made you feel insignificant or victimized you in a way causing you to use your words as a weapon against the world to soothe your damaged ego. When someone speaks of you in such a manner I hope you have thick skin and understand they are just projecting their own insecurities on you.
proud October 29, 2013 at 08:11 AM
Pope: " You really shouldn't be alone tonight. Let me comfort you"


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