Pastor of Historic New York Trinity Church to Retire After Member Files Lawsuit

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The embattled head of historic Trinity Church has announced his retirement from the historic 315-year-old congregation.

The Rev. Dr. James Cooper revealed his decision to leave in 2015 in a letter to church leaders shortly after an irate church member sued the rector and the church over alleged irregularities in a 2012 Trinity election.

"I am proud of the work we have accomplished, and grateful for the opportunity to be Trinity's rector during a time of great challenge and opportunity," Cooper wrote.

Congregation member Jeremy Bates filed the lawsuit Monday, charging the balloting process last April for members of Trinity's 20-member vestry and its two wardens was "improper and unlawful."

As a result of that election, the vestry was packed with supporters of Cooper, the suit charges. Bates, in his 11-page filing, also requested a copy of Trinity's financial statement.

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SOURCE: New York Daily News
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