This year, the election seemed a little shady, because one of the owners received a call from our managing agent the day before the meeting to say, “if you are not coming to the meeting, send me your proxy.” During the election, board members handed in over twenty proxies, and I wonder how many of them were obtained by the managing agent.
Our proxies are not absentee ballots, but the right to vote for whatever business comes before the board. I can not understand why it is so important for these “old-timers” to be board members. It is such a thankless job. And I can not understand why our managing agent is so committed to helping them remain on the board. Do you have anysuggestions?
—Upper West Side Owner
“It is often beneficial for a condominium or a cooperative to have new ideas presented to the board for consideration by newly elected board members. If your building does not have term limits and you want to get ‘new blood’ on the board, you have to
“Some boards and nominating committees will send a mailing to the unit owners asking unit owners to nominate candidates for the board. If a bylaw (or voting procedure adopted by the full board) provides that nominations are to be received by a particular date and that no floor nominations will be considered at the annual meeting, then only candidates nominated by the stated date may run for office. If your building uses this procedure, be sure to nominate the ‘new’ unit owners to run as candidates for the board by the cut-off date. In the absence of a cut-off date for nominations, the unit owners should be permitted to nominate candidates for the board of managers at the annual meeting.