Westchester-Putnam AFL-CIO Central Labor Body Endorses Testa for Re-election

Westchester-Putnam AFL-CIO Central Labor Body announces their endorsement of John G. Testa, Westchester County Legislator for re-election.

The organization cites Testa’s experience and record as Mayor of Peekskill and now as County Legislator. In a statement to Testa informing him of his endorsement President Paul Ryan stated; “We know you will make every effort to listen to the voices of working people and work with them to improve the lifestyle of all the people.”

“I am truly grateful to the Central Labor Body for their endorsement,” stated Testa. “As a teacher I have been a union member for over 30 years so I know first hand the importance of union participation in the workplace. As mayor I was able to maintain a respectful, productive and fair working relationship with the city workforce and I have done the same at the county level as a legislator,” Testa added.

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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