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    Attorney Linda Whitehead to Speak at Westchester Municipal Planning Federation’s Annual Land Use Training Institute

    Friday, March 9th, 2012
    Linda Whitehead

    Linda Whitehead

    Linda B. Whitehead, a partner in the White Plains-based law firm McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP, the co-organizer of the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation’s 34th Annual Land Use Training Institute to be held at the Pace Graduate Center and at Pace Law School in White Plains beginning March 12, will also speak on the topic of ethics for local planning and zoning board members.

    The three-evening event is geared to providing education as well as credits for local planning and zoning officials and helps fulfill their annual state mandated requirement for training. In addition to Monday’s opening session at the Pace Graduate Center, additional sessions will be held at the Pace Graduate Center on Thursday March 15 and at Pace Law School on Thursday March 22 beginning at 6 p.m. with registration and networking and ending at 9:30.

    Each session is focused on relevant topics for members of planning, zoning, conservation and design review boards. On March 12 and March 15, concurrent breakout sessions will address planning and zoning board operations, SEQR, zoning codes, new planning strategies, and flood mitigation. On March 22, presentations will be made on recent land use law cases, FOIL (Freedom of Information law) practices and ethics.

    For the last six years the Annual Land Use Training Institute has been organized by Ms. Whitehead, a Director at Large with the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation, and the organization’s Recording Secretary, Christian Miller, who is the City Planner with the City of Rye.

    “This year’s Training Institute offers a wide array of topical programs that will help planning and zoning officials in their review of projects before them,” Ms. Whitehead said. “The programs will include everything from a talk on whether New York State “master builder” Robert Moses was a visionary or a villain by Dr. Floyd Lapp, Executive Director, South Western Regional Planning Agency in Connecticut, to my presentation on the topical issue of ethics and when a planning and zoning official should recuse himself or herself from deliberations on a particular project. The conference is geared to providing information to allow our attendees to make sound, intelligent decisions in their capacity as members of local land use boards.”

    The Westchester Municipal Planning Federation is a voluntary association of officials representing the county’s 45 municipal governments, zoning and planning boards and land use consultants including lawyers, engineers, architects and planners.  Authorized under New York’s State General Municipal Law in 1962, and governed by a 15-member Board of Directors, the organization’s purpose is to “create an effective and permanent countywide organization for the exchange of information on matters of planning interest.”

    Ms. Whitehead practices in the areas of municipal law, land use and environmental law, as well as commercial and residential real estate transactions. She is a member of the Westchester County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation, she is currently the president of the American Cancer Society Westchester Region Board of Advisors and of the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Club of Westchester County.

    Charles Goldberger Appointed Village Attorney for Mamaroneck

    Friday, March 9th, 2012
    Charles Goldberger

    Charles Goldberger

    Charles Goldberger, of counsel in the White Plains-based law firm McCullough Goldberger & Staudt, LLP, has been appointed Village Attorney for the Village of Mamaroneck, NY. The Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved the nomination that was effective immediately.  Mayor Norman Rosenblum selected Goldberger for nomination after reviewing the credentials of four other law firms that had expressed interest in the position.

    The appointment enhances the already impressive municipal practice of McCullough Goldberger & Staudt. James Staudt, a partner, is currently the Village Attorney for the Village of Larchmont. The firm also serves as Village Attorney to the Villages of Croton-on-Hudson and Bronxville.  Additionally the firm has been Special Counsel to the City of Yonkers in connection with its complete Zoning Code revision, the Village of Ossining in connection with its Comprehensive Plan/Zoning Code, and the Village of Scarsdale regarding its downtown mixed-use zoning.

    “Key to making this selection was not only the expertise of Charlie Goldberger but that of the entire firm,” Mayor Rosenblum said. He added that Goldberger had successfully represented the Village in several court matters, including an ongoing case involving a failed development project that is near resolution.  The Mayor also recalled that when he served as a Trustee for the Village of Larchmont about three decades ago, he had been impressed with Staudt’s work as Village Attorney of Larchmont.

    “McCullough Goldberger & Staudt gives us the background and advantage of their research in specific areas, such as drafting local laws, court time and trials and so on,” the Mayor said. “The bottom line is I am confident that Charlie Goldberger and the firm itself will be the best lawyer the Village can have.”

    Goldberger said that his representation of the Village in two court cases, including the ongoing Sheldrake Estates Condominiums LLC and Sheldrake Lofts, LLC vs. the Village of Mamaroneck, offered the Village an introduction to the municipal and litigation work the law firm provides.

    “This municipality expands the scope of our municipal work and that is one of the main reasons why we sought the appointment,” Goldberger said. “It adds one more large Village to our municipal practice. On a personal note, I am really looking forward to the challenge.”

    The Village Attorney’s responsibilities include: attending and providing counsel to the Board of Trustees at its twice-monthly sessions, dealing with contractual claims, as well as representing the Village in court cases.

    McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP was established in 1984 by the merger of Taylor, McCullough & Geoghegan with Fredericks, Goldberger & Liberman, two firms with long, successful histories in Westchester County. The firm’s strong municipal, zoning, real estate and banking background combined with its litigation experience have resulted in a diversified firm with the depth and range to fully service client matters—from inception, through negotiations and to conclusion, including litigation when necessary.

    Linda Whitehead of McCullough Goldberger Law Firm Named President of American Cancer Society’s Advisory Board

    Friday, March 9th, 2012

    Linda B. Whitehead, a partner in the White Plains-based law firm McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP, is the new president of the American Cancer Society Westchester Region’s Advisory Board.

    Ms. Whitehead, a resident of Irvington, was previously vice president of the Westchester region Board of Advisors and has served on the regional Board for the past five years.

    Linda Whitehead

    Linda Whitehead

    “I am honored to serve as president of an organization that does so much for so many,” she said. “I decided to get involved with the American Cancer Society because cancer is a disease that touches so many. No matter your age, you know someone, whether it is a family member or friend, who has suffered or died from cancer.”

    She pointed out that the American Cancer Society provides the necessary support for cancer research, as well as cancer prevention, educational initiatives and services for patients and their families on the local and national levels.

    Ms. Whitehead practices in the areas of municipal law, land use and environmental law, as well as commercial and residential real estate transactions. She is a member of the Westchester County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation and is currently the president of the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Club of Westchester County.

    McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP was established in 1984 by the merger of Taylor, McCullough & Geoghegan with Fredericks, Goldberger & Liberman, two firms with long, successful histories in Westchester County. The firm’s strong zoning, real estate, municipal and banking background combined with its litigation experience have resulted in a diversified firm with the depth and range to fully service client matters—from inception, through negotiations and to conclusion, including litigation when necessary