NEW YORK — The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York State, has announced its endorsement of John G. Testa for re-election as Westchester County’s Legislator in District 1.
John G. Testa has demonstrated his commitment to the environment through his leadership in recent years. As a member of the Energy and Environment Committee, Testa supported a hybrid vehicle law for county vehicles, green job creation, hydrofracking prevention, an extended recycling law, green energy audits, and tax breaks for solar panel installation in homes. As the former mayor of Peekskill, Testa established a comprehensive solid waste removal system and constructed a water treatment facility, in addition to many other successful environmental initiatives. During his time as Mayor, Testa worked with Scenic Hudston on a 4.5-acre former industrial waterfront property—“Peekskill Landing”—to clean up the land and shoreline and preserve open space. In a separate endeavor, Testa worked with the DEC to develop a clean-up plan for a 4-acre area previously utilized as a city landfill, and with a grant from the NY State Power Authority, Testa supported the replacement of 10 fossil fuel vehicles with electric cars. A large proponent of open space preservation, Testa also worked with representatives in Albany to establish a conservation easement with the State of New York that will permanently assure that the 500 acres of Peekskill-owned property surrounding his district’s reservoirs would remained undeveloped and secured a 45-acre parcel known as “Fort Hill” as historic parkland.
“John G. Testa has clearly demonstrated his knowledge of and passion for the environment, to the benefit of District 1,” said Nanette Bourne, chair of NYLCV’s Westchester Chapter. “That’s why the New York League of Conservation Voters is proud to endorse John G. Testa for re- election.”
In response to the endorsement, Legislator Testa said: “I want to sincerely thank the NYLCV for their endorsement. I am proud of my record on environmental issues as an elected official and will continue to be a leader in promoting and advocating policies beneficial for Westchester County and its citizens. I look forward to working closely with the NYLCV to effectuate such policies in the future.”
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.