Thank you to the Rivertowns League of Women Voters for sponsoring this forum and to all in attendance tonight. I am David Koenigsberg, the endorsed Democratic candidate for Village Justice.
My wife, Ada and I have lived in Dobbs Ferry for 29 years, raising three children who graduated from our public schools. I served four terms on the Village Board of Trustees, and one term as Deputy Mayor. As Trustee, I was involved in many matters that affect the day to day quality of life in the Village, and that experience will stand me in good stead as Village Justice. I worked to maintain and improve our quality of life, including helping Marie and Arch McKellar realize their vision for a beautiful Waterfront park, but also looking out for the Village's interest when scrutinizing development proposals. After diligent study and deliberation, I voted clearly and deliberately against the Rivertowns Square project.
I have over 34 years legal experience, in private practice, as a law clerk to a United States District Judge in New York City, and as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. As a law clerk, I assisted a Federal judge on a variety or criminal and civil cases, including drug dealing and importation, racketeering, tax fraud, immigration, and the infamous USFL-NFL anti-trust case where Donald Trump’s United States Football league recovered only $1 in damages after spending millions on litigation. As an Assistant United States Attorney, I handled a broad range of cases including personal injury slip and fall, auto accident, medical malpractice, bankruptcy, environmental, tax, housing, and job discrimination as well as the prosecuting those who cheated government programs. Then U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White appointed me chief of the unit that pursued these cases. Attorney General Janet Reno honored me with the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.
In private practice I specialize in representing whistle blowers who bravely report information that our government is being defrauded. During my career, I have helped recover over $800 million for various levels of government around the country.
The Village Court hears cases that directly affect our quality of life such as traffic safety, clean and safe streets, noise pollution and Village code compliance. As your Justice, I will ensure that our local laws and regulations are applied fairly and consistently.
Why is it time for a change? We are living in unsettled times, very much different from when voters last elected a Village Justice. On November 7 I urge you to vote for me, a lifelong and committed Democrat, to uphold our core values -- respect for the individual and equal rights before the law. Please vote for me to be your next Village Justice.