Letters to the Editor

Judge Steven Grant Donated $750 to Trump Campaign

To The Editor:


I am writing to express my support for David Koenigsberg for Dobbs Ferry village Justice.

  

I have been living in Dobbs Ferry for over 24 years and I have seen many elected officials come and go.  In my opinion, one person in particular stands out among the crowd.  I am speaking about David Koenigsberg.  David has been a longtime resident of the Dobbs Ferry, raised his three children here, and educated them through our public school system.  He has served as trustee for several terms and has been actively involved in our community.  I have even had the pleasure of serving with David while he was liaison to the Dobbs Ferry Architectural Review Board.


David is a successful attorney and is very familiar with our village laws and codes and is a dedicated public servant.


Like David, I have been a livelong Democrat and now more than ever believe strongly in our Democratic principles and values.   When you review the values of our current justice, Steven Grant, there are some alarming facts.  Judge Grant is a supporter of the current Republican Party values.  Specifically, he has made three contributions to the Donald Trump "Make America Great Again" presidential campaign in late October 2016.   


What I find most troubling about Judge Grant's contributions is that the donations were made after the "Access Hollywood" tapes were released where Donald Trump bragged about his abilities to grope women.   After those disturbing tapes were released, Judge Grant still chose to contribute to Trump's campaign


Please review the facts: http://classic.fec.gov/finance/disclosure/norindsea.shtml 


I find this very disturbing and ask does Judge Grant still reflect the values that we would want our Dobbs Ferry Village Justice to have in these unsettled times?


I urge you to vote for a person of integrity who reflects the values of the people of Dobbs Ferry.  Please vote for David Koenigsberg for Village Justice.


Billl Perri 

Dobbs Ferry 

October 13, 2017

Rivertowns Enterprise




 


Koenigsberg has reputation for integrity

To The Editor:


I write in support of David Koenigsberg for the position of village justice of Dobbs Ferry.  David's eight years as village trustee, including two years as deputy mayor, will enable him to bring that experience to bear as village justice when handling cases involving village code and quality-of-life issues.  David has many years of outstanding legal experience, both in private practice building a law practice and before that as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and a law clerk to a federal judge.  It was my pleasure to work with David when, in his position as village trustee, he was very active in the process of the renovation of Waterfront Park and was an effective advocate to seeing that the project was well designed and attractive.  David was very well prepared for meetings and has demonstrated good judgement and an ability to solve problems and develop solutions.


David has a well-deserved reputation for integrity.  I urge Dobbs Ferry voters to vote for David on Line A (Democratic Party) or the Hudson River Party line on Election Day.


Arch McKellar

Dobbs Ferry

October 13, 2017

Rivertowns Enterprise

Democratic values matter in election for Dobbs board

To the Editor:   


This year, village elections are different. It used to be that local governance could be managed with less regard to party affiliations and principles than national issues. As neighbors and friends we share common values and goals for our village. We are fortunate to have lived in Dobbs Ferry for over 20 years and raised my family here. We have been well governed for many years by officials elected under the Democratic, Dobbs Ferry, and Republican Parties.[JL1]    Today, however, we live in a political atmosphere consumed by hatred, divisiveness, and discrimination, under the leadership of a reckless and lying president who does not understand the complexity of responsible government, and cares for nothing beyond his own appetites. He and his government are dangerous. We are not immune in our Village of Dobbs Ferry and must respond with clear voice and deliberate action. It was disappointing that Dobbs Ferry was missing from the list of local communities that spoke up to sponsor the recent Rivertowns Rally Against Hate in the wake of Charlottesville. It is critical that we elect an administration and a village justice that reflect our Democratic values.   David Koenigsberg is an outstanding candidate for Dobbs Ferry Justice and a lifelong Democrat. In addition to an unusually accomplished legal career and qualifications, he has served Dobbs Ferry for many years as both trustee and deputy mayor with independence, critical thinking and distinction.  He brings an unusual breadth as well as depth of relevant experience to the office. Not only does he know and respect the law, he has deep roots in and a sophisticated understanding of our village.    The government should assure the protection of all of its people, and most recently it has been judges throughout our country who have been protecting our civil rights and the Constitution. Think beyond today and remember history. The poem “First They Came…” by the German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller reminds us that it is a mistake to not take a stand against injustice towards any group.   This year we must remember that all politics is in fact local, and regardless of affiliation we should all vote Democratic to send a national message and preserve our checks and balances. Please vote for David Koenigsberg and the rest of the Dobbs Ferry Democratic slate on November 7th.   


Julie and Israel Lowy 

Dobbs Ferry       

October 20, 2017

Rivertowns Enterprise

Integrity, passion define Dobbs Ferry Democratic ticket

To the Editor: 


I am proud to endorse the Dobbs Ferry Democratic Committee’s slate of candidates. For mayor, Bob McLoughlin; for trustees: Maura Daroczy, Christy Knell, and Vincent Rossillo; and for village justice, David Koenigsberg. Each one of these candidates brings integrity and passion to their candidacy and will bring the same to their positions once elected.   


I have been a resident of Dobbs Ferry for nearly eight years and have two kids attending Springhurst. Since last year’s election cycle, I have looked for ways to become more politically active. One way I’ve overcome my feelings of political helplessness was to get involved on a local level by joining the Dobbs Ferry Democratic Committee. As a member of the committee, I have come to know all of these candidates and have spoken to each them at length about their experiences and their vision for the village. I believe that as a ticket, Bob, Maura, Christy, and Vinny will dedicate their collective abilities to support the fiscal health of our village while also closely scrutinizing proposed developments to ensure that the charm and character that define Dobb Ferry are preserved. 


Furthermore, I have worked with David on several Democratic Committee projects and I can attest that he is extremely intelligent, a pleasure to work with, and his integrity is unquestionable. I therefore have no reservations in wholeheartedly endorsing him as our next village justice.   


Every Dobbs resident can have a major impact at our local level by voting the Democratic Party line on Nov. 7. I love this town and I am excited to vote for this talented group of individuals on election Day. 


Tracey Frisch

Dobbs Ferry  

Rivertowns Enterprise

October 20, 2017

Koenigsberg offers, intelligence, integrity, and more

To the Editor: 


We are writing to endorse David Koenigsberg for village justice of Dobbs Ferry. He will bring his keen intelligence, his integrity and his level-headed common sense to this important position.   


We have known David and his wife, Dr. Ada Huang, for close to 20 years. During that time, we have known him to be an active participant and leader in our community. As village trustee, David always took the time to study the relevant facts, and carefully considered views on all sides before deciding how to vote on important issues.  He demonstrated his concern for the quality of life in our village by, for example, advocating for and ultimately passing the leaf blower law.  He foresaw the negative impact of Rivertowns Square and stood firmly In his opposition despite being on a village board that promoted this project. And as the father of three children who went through the Dobbs Ferry school system, he was a very involved parent who understood the importance of a rich educational environment.    


David has earned the respect of the community, and of his professional colleagues, by consistently conducting himself with dignity and the confidence that comes from combining an understanding of the law with thorough preparation and creative approaches to solving problems. He is engaged, honest and personable. And he is a great listener. These qualities, along with his unpretentious temperament, will make him an exceptional Justice of our village court.     


On Election Day, we urge Dobbs Ferry’s voters to vote for David on Lina A (Democratic Party) or on the Hudson River Party line. 


Debra Kuppersmith  and Jeremy Gutman

Dobbs Ferry  

Riverstown Enterprise

October 20, 2017  

Contributions distinguish Koenigsberg

To the Editor:


Could Dobbs Ferry be more fortunate than to have a candidate like David Koenigsberg?  A former deputy mayor, former trustee, experienced in state and federal legal practice, and former assistant U.S. attorney, not to mention countless contributions of time and talent to our village -- those achievements make the choice easy.  


I'd like to thank Steven Grant for his service, but it's time for a change.  The role of village justice is about judgment, and it's difficult for me to vote for someone who not only thought supporting Donald Trump was a good idea, but also donated money to Trump's campaign.  Admittedly, Hillary Clinton didn't exactly run the ground game of the century, but what set of facts led Grant to think Trump reflected the values of Dobbs Ferry, Westchester, or the state of New York?  And I find it peculiar that recent letters supporting Grant's candidacy came from attorneys who don't live in Dobbs Ferry but appeared before Judge Grant in Village Court.  What's that about?


It has been suggested in these pages that linking a local candidate with a national party is "smearing."  Really?  Are we to infer that Grant now is ashamed to be a Republican, or a Conservative, or a member of the Dobbs Ferry Party (forgive the redundancy)?  Pity his shame didn't surface a year ago. Or if the suggestion is that he shouldn't be identified with Trump, well, it's a little late for that. 


Gerard Coffey

Dobbs Ferry

October 27, 2017

Rivertowns Enterprise