Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee Rules in Favor of Testa

Kane proven to have repeatedly made false claims that he is endorsed by the Independence Party and to have been a member of the BOL Environment and Energy Committee

Fair Campaign LogoOn the heels of cheating on nominating petitions, losing the Independence Party Primary and proven to be lying about Testa’s record in a recent debate, challenger Mike Kane was found to be participating in unfair campaign practices by including false statements in his campaign materials and web site.

Below are the complete findings of the Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee resulting from their November 1, 2011 hearing:

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November 1, 2011                                                                          Contact: Evelyn M. Stock, Chair FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                     914-472-4719

Findings in the Complaint of
John G. Testa (R) v. Michael Kane (D), candidates for
Westchester County Legislator, District 1

The Westchester County Fair Campaign Practices Committee met on November 1, 2011, to hear the complaint of John Testa against Michael Kane.  Mr. Testa was represented by Barney Molloy.

Mr. Testa complained that Mr. Kane has “repeatedly made materially false representations on various sources” including campaign materials and his website stating that Michael Kane was “endorsed by the Independence Party.”

Michael Kane was not endorsed by the Independence Party. Indeed he lost the primary and his name will not appear on the Independence Party line.

Mr. Testa complained that Mr. Kane has “repeatedly made materially false representations on various sources” including campaign materials and his website stating that Michael Kane “served on the Westchester Board of Legislators Environment Committee”.

Michael Kane did not serve on the Westchester County Board of Legislators Environment Committee nor has he been a County Legislator. Mr. Kane admitted that several years ago he served on a citizen’s environmental committee headed by a County Legislator.

If a candidate or campaign wishes to quote from a Finding, the Committee requires that it be quoted in its entirety. The Committee regards selective quotation of its Findings as a violation of fair campaign practices.

Committee Members: Evelyn M.  Stock (Chair), Miriam Cohen (Coordinator), Dennis Chillemi. Dan Franklin, LaRuth Gray, Victor Goldberg, Susan Pace Guma, Milton Hoffman, Lee Kinnally, Robert Kirkwood, Polly M. Kuhn, Ernest Prince, Susan Schwarz, Lorelei A. Vargas.

Ex officio: Representatives of the Republican Party, Democratic Party, Independence Party, Conservative Party, Working Families Party.

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.
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