Law Enforcement Backs Testa For County Legislator

APA logoJohn G. Testa, Westchester County Legislator for District 1 has received a major endorsement from the law enforcement community for his re-election. The Affiliated Police Association of Westchester County (APA) has enthusiastically put their support behind Testa in his bid to return as the Legislator for District 1.

The APA is the blanket organization that represents 53 PBA Law Enforcement Organizations from across Westchester County.  They represent over 10,000 members and are a strong voice for law enforcement issues in Westchester County.

As County Legislator, Testa has continued his record as a strong supporter of the law enforcement community. As Mayor of Peekskill his leadership in establishing specialized crime units for Community Policing and an Anti-Drug Task Force coupled with a zero tolerance for crime enabled the crime rate to be reduced by 40% during his tenure.

APA 1st Vice President and Legislative Director Robert Buckley informed Testa of his organization’s backing for the election. “We appreciate the fact that you have always been an advocate and strong supporter of the law enforcement community, “ Buckley told Testa.

“I am extremely proud to have this endorsement, Testa said. “The law enforcement community members risk their lives every day to protect us and keep us safe. I have always been a steadfast supporter of all they do and will make sure that, as County Legislator, I will continue to do all I can to provide them with the support they deserve to do the dangerous and critical service they provide to all they protect,” 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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