Testa Gains Endorsement of the Journal News in Westchester

JN_100625_1WP_A01_001.epsFrom the October 30, 2011 Journal News:

District 1

(Cortlandt, Peekskill, Yorktown)

Educator and former Peekskill Mayor John Testa, running on the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines, is vying for a second term on the board. Standing in his way is Michael Kane, who appears on the Democratic and Working Families lines. Kane is a telecommunications technician and a shop steward for the Communications Workers of America.

Testa was an able mayor who so far has parlayed that experience into successful service on the board. He has been a reliable vote for bipartisan efforts to recalibrate government services in Westchester. He has earned another term to continue those efforts. Kane makes plain that his allegiance is with the county’s unionized workforce. Asked his position about union givebacks and concessions — a topic at virtually every level of government — Kane said he opposed such concessions. We think most voters, even those sympathetic to organized labor, expect shared sacrifice from government workers; their elected officials need to be of the same mind.

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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