Legislator Testa Secures $2.8 Million for First of Three Major Road Projects for Peekskill

Main Street

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 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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