Recognizing Earth Day with Visit to Cortlandt Ash Pit Closure Site

As part of this year’s Earth Day awareness I joined William Janeway, the NY State Regional Director for the DEC, for a tour of the Sprout Brook Ash Disposal Facility in Cortlandt. The Westchester County Environmental Facilities Department and Commissioner Thomas Lauro hosted the visit. Town of Cortlandt Supervisor Linda Puglisi also joined us.

The purpose of the visit was to observe the closure process of the 36-acre site that has been the depository of over 15 million tons of ash by-product from the Westchester County Garbage-to-Energy burn plant in Peekskill.  The plant operated from 1984 until the fall of 2009.

In July of 2010 The County Board of Legislators approved the funding to begin the capping and closure of the site. The work is scheduled to be complete by December of this year.  Director Janeway was very pleased at the quality and progress of work being done to follow the NYSDEC approved closure plan.

Once the site is officially closed the County will be responsible for monitoring the site for the next 30 years.

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About Legislator John G. Testa

John G. Testa, a life-long resident of Peekskill, began his first term on the Westchester County Legislature in January 2010. Prior to his successful run for the District 1 Legislative seat, he served 3 terms as Mayor of Peekskill from January 2002 until December 2007. Before becoming mayor he also served a four-year term as a Councilman. From his first days in office Testa worked tirelessly to set the City on the path of economic stability. Peekskill flourished under this plan, increasing the city fund balance to its highest in history. During John’s tenure in office, the NY State Comptroller’s Office named Peekskill one of the most fiscally sound municipalities in the State; independent auditors proclaimed Peekskill as being in its best fiscal condition in over 30 years; and Moody’s Investor Service agreed to upgrade its bond rating, resulting in further savings. The plan he put in place was so successful that it enabled the City of Peekskill to pass three budgets in a row with a 0% tax increase. These fiscal skills will prove valuable to Testa as he works to put the brakes on what has been wildly escalating county spending and unchecked government growth. He has pledged his efforts to work to consolidate services, eliminate wasteful spending and improve efficiency. In addition to the fiscal conservatism that served Peekskill so well, Testa worked to promote the city, attracting investment, jobs and an increased tax base. Over $100 million of private investment came to Peekskill in the forms of new residential construction, retail space, and the redevelopment of historic structures. As Mayor, Testa led a successful battle to stop the unfair and unsafe plan to send sewage to the Peekskill plant from outside the sewage/water district. John’s roots are deep within the soil of Northern Westchester. His father’s family has lived here for more than a century and his mother’s family is nearing that mark. He is proud that he was born in Peekskill and has lived and worked here all his life and, with his wife Nancy raised their two children here.
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