Testa Endorsed By Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Association

The Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Association has announced their endorsement of County Legislator John G. Testa.

The Westchester Hispanic Law Enforcement Association (WHLEA) is a non-for profit organization created to inspire, support, foster and realize leadership in the law enforcement community of Westchester County. Membership of the WHLEA consists of active and retired law enforcement officers from all over Westchester County as well as members of State and Federal agencies.

In their notification letter to Testa, WHLEA President Sgt. Alex Rodriquez stated: “It is an honor to offer you our Association’s official endorsement. We believe in you and the issues that you stand for. The work that you do for the minority community, in particular, the Hispanic community, is a testament to your understanding of the issues at hand. We in the Hispanic Community feel that working together with you is essential so that all issues are addressed.”

“I am proud to have been recognized and endorsed by the WHLEA,” said Testa. “As indicated in the 2010 census, the Hispanic population in Westchester, especially District 1, has grown significantly. The mission of the WHLEA to have a positive impact on the communities of Westchester County is an important one. I have always supported the law enforcement community in any way possible and recognize the difficult job they do every day. I will continue to support the efforts of the WHLEA and continue to work closely with them to achieve their goals,” added 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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