by Rick Pezzullo –
Residents in the Village of Dobbs Ferry will be electing a new mayor in the November 5 election.
With current Mayor Bob McLoughlin not seeking a second two-year term, eight-year Trustee Vincent Rossillo, as the only declared candidate who will appear on the ballot, will be filling the mayoral seat on January 1.
“I have been a trustee since 2011. During that time, the board has made major improvements to our waterfront park, community center and pool,” Rossillo stated. “As mayor, the board will continue to focus on improving infrastructure as well as the following areas: collaborative, transparent government decision-making; responsible development; sound fiscal policy; and quality of life issues (safety, cleanliness, affordable housing, environmental).”
“In order to accomplish the above issues, we will review the Village Comprehensive Plan to determine what sections need to be updated,” he continued. “It has been over 10 years since the Vision Plan was enacted and a fresh look is needed to ensure that the village maintains its unique characteristics. Updating the Comprehensive Plan will allow the village to set goals and priorities for the immediate and distant future.”
Rossillo is a 26-year village resident and partner in the law firm Fine, Olin & Anderman, which represents labor unions and union members.
Joining Rossillo on the Democratic ticket in the uncontested election are incumbent trustees Maura Daroczy and Christy Sheppard Knell, who are both seeking second terms.
Daroczy, a sales and marketing director in the hospitality industry, 11-year resident and mother of two daughters, also feels revising the Vision Plan is a top priority.
“I’m running for reelection because one term is not enough when there is so much to get done,” Daroczy said. “There are still a lot of projects, issues and concerns I would like to help to provide a resolution for. During your first term you learn the processes, procedures and how things work and how much it really takes to get things done. Finally, I enjoy being the voice to so many residents and being able to provide assistance in any way I can. For me, continuing is the right thing to do. We need to learn and grow together.”
Daroczy said she would like to see an assessment of how the recent development in the village over the last few years has impacted traffic, school population and the quality of life for residents.
Knell, co-founder and CEO of HudCo, a co-working business in the village, has lived in Dobbs Ferry since 2012 and is the married mother of two preschool-age children.
“During these past two years, I have learned a ton about process and how best to accomplish our goals. I hope to be able to serve another term to follow through on some initiatives that I’m passionate about,” Knell said. “My main focus this term was creating the Downtown Improvement Task Force to engage residents in their village and propose solutions to enrich the downtown experience. A key finding of the task force was that some sections of the existing Vision/Comprehensive Plan for Dobbs Ferry need an update, namely the downtown section, and my hope with this next term would be to advocate for a Comprehensive Plan update to get rolling ASAP.”
A third trustee candidate, Anna Markowitz, a Planning Board member who worked for the Obama administration, will also appear on the ballot but she won’t be able to serve since she is moving out of the village.
That seat, which will be vacant when Rossillo becomes mayor, will be filled by an appointment from Rossillo.