Testa Handily Wins Independence Party Primary

Ind. Logo LargeAccording to the Westchester County Board of Elections the voters of the Independence Party in County Legislative District 1 have spoken and handed a lopsided victory to County Legislator John G. Testa by a 2-to-1 margin.

Despite the fraudulent and underhanded tactics of Testa’s opponent, Mike Kane, the voters were not fooled. His actions were called “deceitful” by a NY State Supreme Court judge and the voters rejected his attempt to steal the party’s nomination.

“I want to thank the voters of the Independence Party who took the time to write my name on the ballot on Primary Day.  This overwhelming victory is truly gratifying to me and I pledge to continue to work hard for the citizens of Peekskill, Cortlandt and Yorktown, and earn that support entrusted to me,” said Testa.

John Testa has been a true independent voice for the citizens he represents and has always handled his responsibilities as an elected representative with a non-political, honest and transparent approach that has made him known as a champion for the citizens of Northern Westchester.

Sadly, his opponent, on the other hand cannot say the same. He is the Chairman of the Peekskill Democratic City Committee and is hardly anything but a rank partisan political operative who uses unfounded personal attacks, innuendo and rumor as daily tools of his trade. He is at the helm of a party that has led the City of Peekskill into an abyss of deficit spending, outrageous borrowing, hidden taxes, neighborhood deterioration, increased crime, civil unrest and lost business and jobs. He also helped lead the way in splitting Peekskill during the redistricting process. This process reeked of political partisanship and was condemned by the League of Woman Voters.

This is not the first time Testa has handily defeated Kane in an election. In 2003 Kane ran for Mayor of Peekskill against Testa and lost by what is considered to be the most decisive loss of a mayoral candidate in recent history.

“I look forward to the rest of the campaign to speak with the citizens of Cortlandt, Peekskill and Yorktown and discuss the issues most important to them and how I will continue to lead the way to reduce county spending and taxes for those I represent,” said Testa.

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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