New York League of Conservation Voters Endorses John G. Testa for County Legislature

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 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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