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.”