The Westchester County Board of Legislators, this week, approved a Bond Act in the amount of $2.8 million for the rehabilitation of East and West Main St. in Peekskill from Rte. 9 to Conklin Avenue. The funding covers the costs of design, construction and construction management. The specific work to be done will be a complete overhaul of the roadway including milling and replacing the existing road surface and the installation of reflective devices and pavement markings for improved visibility.
The improvement project will cover a total distance of 2.14 miles. Main St. is the only corridor heading East from Rt. 9 making it a very important and heavily travelled thoroughfare. The project picks up from the recently completed NY State Project Rt. 9/Main Street Bridge that was initiated when Testa was Mayor of Peekskill. This portion of Main St. carries a daily average of almost 10,000 vehicles. Almost a third of those vehicles are commercial trucks supplying and picking up goods at local businesses.
Legislator John Testa was the driving force and proponent of this plan amongst his colleagues on the Board of Legislators. The legislation was debated and held in committee for more than a year before finally being passed by a unanimous vote at the October 3rd Board of Legislators meeting.
Legislator Testa said, “I’d like to thank my colleagues on the Board of Legislators for their unanimous support of this very important funding package. While it has been a long and sometimes frustrating effort in the end we are delivering a complete and appropriately funded plan.”
Legislator Testa went on to say, “These are tough economic times and I am committed to preserving taxpayers dollars at every opportunity. We also need to keep people safe and commerce growing and this was an imperative infrastructure project. This work will ensure that Main St., which is a key artery for Northern Westchester, will remain a safe and efficient route serving the residents and businesses of Peekskill and all of Northern Westchester well into the future.”
This project follows infrastructure projects for county owned parks in District 1. In December of 2010 Testa was able to secure funding for major road and parking upgrades to both the Blue Mountain Park and George’s Island Park. Work for both of these projects was completed this summer.
Legislator Testa is presently working to move additional infrastructure projects through the Board of Legislators for the repaving of Crompond Rd. (Rt. 202) and North Division Street. Both are county owned roads.
“Along with my fundamental pledge to reform county government and reduce taxes I also pledged to bring improvements throughout District 1. The county owned infrastructure in our area has been badly neglected for far too long. It is not only a safety concern for those who traverse the roads, especially first responders, but it is also a quality of life issue for residents,” said Testa.
About John G. Testa
Former District 1 County Legislator, John G. Testa is served five terms at the Westchester County Board of Legislators, spending the last 3 terms as BOL Minority Leader.
John G. Testa is a lifelong resident of Peekskill who first entered elected public service as a member of the Peekskill Common Council in 1998 and then served three terms as Mayor. He previously served on the Conservation and Parks Advisory Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. John became an elected official eager to improve the City in which his family has lived for more than a century and quickly earned a reputation as a strong, independent, nonpartisan voice for fiscal responsibility.
John received a BS degree in Technology from SUNY Oswego, where his academic achievements gained him induction into Epsilon Pi Tau, the International Honorary Fraternity of Technology. He earned his MS degree in Technology from the City College of New York. He began his teaching career in 1980 at Peekskill High School, his alma mater, as an instructor in Technology and Social Studies, retiring in 2013 after 33 years teaching.
John has been a leader in support for the Arts Community in Westchester. He presided over the construction of the Peekskill Art Lofts, the establishment of the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, and the complete restoration of the Paramount Center for the Arts, originally a 1930’s movie house and helped bring critical funding to many Westchester programs. Legislator Testa received the “Advancing the Arts in Westchester Award” by ArtsWestchester.
John has a been a leader on environmental issues for two decades and has a long record of initiatives he has supported and spearheaded. His active involvement in developing and promoting environmentally friendly policies began as mayor and continued throughout his time as Westchester County Legislator. His efforts consistently earned John the endorsement of the NY League of Conservation Voters.
John’s most recognizable accomplishment has been his promotion and preservation of local history and historic landmarks, bringing an unprecedented focus on the region’s rich history, and its legacy of historic Victorian architecture. His roots in historical preservation stem from his experience as a Revolutionary War re-enactor and member of The Brigade of the American Revolution for 50 years.
John was instrumental in securing the preservation of the Lincoln Depot, now the Lincoln Depot Museum, where he now serves as President. The museum was recognized in 2015 as one of The Best Museums in Westchester. He also secured the preservation of historic Fort Hill as parkland, a 40-acre parcel that was originally a Revolutionary War encampment site. Under his leadership, the United States Dept. of the Interior declared Peekskill a “Preserve America Community.”
John was able to establish a record number of National Register designations of local structures, including the first Downtown and Neighborhood Historic Districts and supported the preservation of the historic Miller House in North White Plains. In 2017 John was named a “Champion of History” by the Lincoln Society in Peekskill.
John and his wife of 37 years, Nancy, live in Peekskill and have two adult children, John, Jr. (fiancé Courtney Kelly) and Katy (husband Mike Mearon). John and Nancy recently welcomed the arrival of their first grandchild, Lacey Mae, in 2019.