Thank You to Cortlandt, Peekskill and Yorktown!

Now that the election results are becoming finalized and we have all had some time to reflect I would like to thank the residents of Cortlandt, Peekskill and Yorktown for such an overwhelming victory. I am truly humbled and appreciative of the tremendous support you have given me to continue as your county legislator.

The numbers tell it all: an overall victory of 62%, which is the second largest margin of the 13 legislative races with challengers countywide. County Legislative District 1 is comprised of 53 local districts throughout Cortlandt, Peekskill and Yorktown.  I am pleased to announce I won handily in all three communities, winning 50 of the 53 local districts, with a margin of nearly 2000 votes!

It was a hard-fought campaign but it was also very gratifying to know the residents in the area I represent understand the critical issues we face in Westchester, and approve of our accomplishments to date. I will continue to work hard for those I represent and work with all my colleagues in White Plains for the betterment of our residents in Northern Westchester.

The work ahead will be challenging and requires some tough decision making on a multitude of issues. However, I will face those issues head on and look to further reduce the county tax burden without harming those who need assistance the most. The goal is to make a better Westchester for all who live here and not disregard the most vulnerable among us, especially senior citizens and children.

Thank you again to all who voted this past Tuesday and for putting your trust in me to remain as your county legislator.

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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