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 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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