Re-election Announcement

Special thanks to George Oros for being the event MC, County Executive Rob Astorino for his endorsement and County Legislator Sheila Marcotte for attending the announcement.

On April 28, 2011 in front of a standing room only crowd at the Cortlandt Colonial Restaurant I announced my bid to run for re-election to the Westchester County Board of Legislators. It was a great event and I appreciate all who attended to lend support and encouragement. Special thanks to event MC George Oros and to County Executive Rob Astorino for his endorsement.

It has been an honor to serve the residents of Peekskill, Cortlandt and Yorktown over the last 16 months. By working together with my colleagues in the GOP caucus and County Executive Astorino we were able to change the dialog when it comes to county government. Smaller, more efficient government and reduced spending and taxes have for the first time in 12 years become the focus of the policies of Westchester County government. We were able to cause a reduction in county taxes for the first time in recent memory.

Although we have made great strides in such a short time it has not been easy. The supermajority of the county board continuously put roadblocks in the way of reduced spending. They overrode the vetoes of the County Executive to restore over $30 million in additional spending into the 2011 budget and have ignored the county charter by creating their own law department to challenge his authority to spend less money and streamline county government.

I am looking forward to continuing the work we have started in White Plains and appreciate all those who turned out at the event to help me launch my campaign for a second term as County Legislator for District 1.

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About John G. Testa

Former District 1 County Legislator, John G. Testa is served five terms at the Westchester County Board of Legislators, spending the last 3 terms as BOL Minority Leader. John G. Testa is a lifelong resident of Peekskill who first entered elected public service as a member of the Peekskill Common Council in 1998 and then served three terms as Mayor. He previously served on the Conservation and Parks Advisory Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. John became an elected official eager to improve the City in which his family has lived for more than a century and quickly earned a reputation as a strong, independent, nonpartisan voice for fiscal responsibility. John received a BS degree in Technology from SUNY Oswego, where his academic achievements gained him induction into Epsilon Pi Tau, the International Honorary Fraternity of Technology. He earned his MS degree in Technology from the City College of New York. He began his teaching career in 1980 at Peekskill High School, his alma mater, as an instructor in Technology and Social Studies, retiring in 2013 after 33 years teaching. John has been a leader in support for the Arts Community in Westchester. He presided over the construction of the Peekskill Art Lofts, the establishment of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, and the complete restoration of the Paramount Center for the Arts, originally a 1930’s movie house and helped bring critical funding to many Westchester programs. Legislator Testa received the “Advancing the Arts in Westchester Award” by ArtsWestchester. John has a been a leader on environmental issues for two decades and has a long record of initiatives he has supported and spearheaded. His active involvement in developing and promoting environmentally friendly policies began as mayor and continued throughout his time as Westchester County Legislator. His efforts consistently earned John the endorsement of the NY League of Conservation Voters. John’s most recognizable accomplishment has been his promotion and preservation of local history and historic landmarks, bringing an unprecedented focus on the region’s rich history, and its legacy of historic Victorian architecture. His roots in historical preservation stem from his experience as a Revolutionary War re-enactor and member of The Brigade of the American Revolution for 50 years. John was instrumental in securing the preservation of the Lincoln Depot, now the Lincoln Depot Museum, where he now serves as President. The museum was recognized in 2015 as one of The Best Museums in Westchester. He also secured the preservation of historic Fort Hill as parkland, a 40-acre parcel that was originally a Revolutionary War encampment site. Under his leadership, the United States Dept. of the Interior declared Peekskill a “Preserve America Community.” John was able to establish a record number of National Register designations of local structures, including the first Downtown and Neighborhood Historic Districts and supported the preservation of the historic Miller House in North White Plains. In 2017 John was named a “Champion of History” by the Lincoln Society in Peekskill. John and his wife of 37 years, Nancy, live in Peekskill and have two adult children, John, Jr. (fiancé Courtney Kelly) and Katy (husband Mike Mearon). John and Nancy recently welcomed the arrival of their first grandchild, Lacey Mae, in 2019.
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