Partner Jim Woods Provides Legal Insight in The Washington Post Article on Westchester Condominium Dispute

By James Woods
Managing Partner

New York, NY MAY 6, 2024James Woods, a partner at the law firm of Woods Lonergan PLLC, an experienced litigator, and an expert in cooperative condominium law and board governance, was recently quoted in The Washington Post feature article “In luxe N.Y. condo, residents battle over dumping the Trump name” by reporter Maham Javaid.

The article explores the complex legal and community issues surrounding a luxury condominium in New Rochelle, NY, as residents remain divided over the potential removal of former President Donald Trump’s name from the building.

The article highlights the ongoing referendum within the condominium, which has led to bitter divisions among once-friendly neighbors. The board of Trump Plaza New Rochelle dropped the Trump Organization as the building’s property manager three years ago, and in 2022, asked the 194-unit owners to vote on dropping the Trump name.

While most favored a rebrand, the vote total in the election did not reach the required supermajority, prompting the board to launch a second vote. This decision has residents of the building at odds, as some wish to continue living under the banner of the 45th president, while other unit owners believe that the affiliation with the Trump name has negatively impacted their property and resale values.

In the article, James Woods provides valuable legal insights regarding the bylaws, proxies and voting process involved in such disputes. He emphasizes the importance of compliance and fairness, stating:

“The vote appears to be compliant with the bylaws and the law, which is crucial in maintaining the integrity of community decision-making processes. Ensuring that all legal standards are met not only upholds the law but also fosters a sense of trust and community among the residents.”

At Woods Lonergan, our condominium and cooperative practice is committed to providing unit owners and board members with expert legal guidance, helping them navigate complex situations and disputes with professionalism and care.

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About the Author

James Woods, Managing Partner of Woods Lonergan, holds more than 25 years of experience in corporate, real estate, and business legal matters. His expertise in handling negotiations, litigation, jury trials, and all forms of alternative dispute resolution spans multiple areas, including corporate, real estate, and commercial litigation. James actively represents dozens of Cooperative and Condominium Boards and serves as counsel to many Corporate Boards. Prior to founding the firm, James proudly served as an Assistant District Attorney for Nassau County and handled both jury and bench trials. With experience that also covers sophisticated transactions and complex acquisitions, James also serves as counsel to several domestic companies in a range of industries and commercial arenas, including real estate, insurance, banking, transportation, and construction. If you have any questions about this article you can contact attorney James Woods through his biography page.

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