Shari Rosen Ascher

Candidate for Trustee


Shari grew up in Brooklyn with her mother and sister and graduated from Brandeis University with degrees in English Literature and Sociology. She and her husband decided to move to Dobbs Ferry in 1997 because it seemed like a great place to raise their family. Shari is currently the Director of Policy & Programs for Small Business and the Chambers of Commerce for Westchester County. She spent over 25 years in media sales, including 15 years as the Corporate Sponsorship Director at WFUV at Fordham University. Shari also helped to create  a consulting company specializing in job sharing way back in the late 90s.  Shari is a DF Democratic District Leader, sits on the DF Human Rights and Diversity Committee  and has volunteered her time as VP of the PTSA, fundraising for Destination Imagination, the gala committee for Tarrytown Music Hall, the Planning Committee for the Westchester/Rockland Walk4Hearing, and a volunteer Contact Tracer  She is a political activist and was the Co-chair of Indivisible Dobbs/Irvington. She is very active in local, regional and state politics and can often be spotted at rallies and events focused on social justice. She has campaigned, canvassed, post carded and texted tirelessly for Democrats up and down the ballot. She loves pilates, NY Times crossword puzzle, reading, TV, cooking, traveling, and the Grateful Dead. She has been married to Neil for 30 years. Their sons, Marty (a former District Leader) and Jake went through the Dobbs Schools and are graduates of Vassar and Harvard, respectively. Marty is also a recent graduate from NYU Law, passed the Bar and is working at a NYC law firm.

DF Democratic Committee endorsed the following candidates at our 2021 convention

Vincent Rossillo

Incumbent for Mayor

Partner in the law firm Fine, Olin & Anderman, which represents labor unions and union members; resident of Dobbs Ferry for 27 years; former coach of AYSO soccer teams; married with 3 daughters who all attended Dobbs Ferry public schools.

Village Experience

  • ​Elected Trustee Nov. 2011; re-elected 2013, 2015 & 2017; Mayor in 2019
  • Director, Local Development Corporation
  • Liaison to the Zoning Board of Appeals and Architectural & Historical Review Board
  • ​Liaison to the Youth Services Council 2011-2017
  • ​Liaison to the Dobbs Ferry Volunteer Ambulance Corp. 2011-2017
  • Village Administrator Search Committee
  • Involved with all major infrastructure improvements (Waterfront Park, Embassy Club, Gould Park Pool)
  • Advocate against Rivertowns Square
  • Involved with Budget Process since 2011 and labor negotiations since 2015

Michael Patino

Incumbent Candidate for Trustee

Michael is the owner of Michael Patino Architecture, an architecture, planning and design firm in New York City. He is a fourth generation Dobbs Ferry resident, graduate of Dobbs Ferry High School, Bard College and The City College of New York. Michael is married to Rachelle Stephens and the two have lived in Dobbs Ferry since 2010. Their daughter Madeleine attends Springhurst Elementary School.​

Village Experience

  • Chairman, Dobbs Ferry Architecture and Historic Review Board, 2016-2020

Matt Rosenberg

Candidate for Trustee

Matt is a nearly lifelong Dobbs Ferrian and DFHS graduate who moved back to Dobbs in 2005. He is founder of First Chair Marketing, a consultancy focused on helping technology companies tell complex stories to their customers in simple, relatable language. Prior to his 25 years as a digital marketing executive, he was a television comedy writer and advertising copywriter. Matt is a past member of the Dobbs Ferry School District Board of Education and founder of the citizens group DF Taxpayers for Fair Cost Sharing, a non-profit organization that advocates for greater equality in local taxation and organized opposition to The Landing’s attempt to introduce greater inequity to our taxation. He was co-chair of the Safe Routes Committee, leading efforts to create the School Speed Zone on Broadway, and is a past co-President of the PTSA.

Village Experience

  • Co-President PTSA
  • Social Media Director, PTSA
  • Co-chair PTSA Safe Routes Committee
  • DF Non-Partisan Nominating Committee
  • DF Traffic Committee (current)
  • DF School District Board of Education

David Koenigsberg

Incumbent for Village Justice

Partner in the law firm Menz Bonner Komar & Koenigsberg LLP, White Plains, NY, representing whistleblowers in government fraud cases; resident of Dobbs Ferry for 32 years; married with three children, who all attended Dobbs Ferry public schools; graduate of Fordham University School of Law, J.D., and Williams College, B.A., Economics; former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge.​

Village Experience

  • Elected Village Justice 2017
  • Elected Village Trustee 2006-2014
  • Deputy Mayor 2007-2009
  • Trustee, Dobbs Ferry Historical Society, 2003-present
  • Director, Friends of Dobbs Ferry Waterfront Park, Inc.
  • Former Coach, Dobbs Ferry Little League
  • Former Referee, AYSO